Responding to Coronavirus

What You Need to Know

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan City, China, in late 2019. Today, the virus has spread to more than two dozen countries, including the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans and assist international partners.

In January, CDC requested the CDC Foundation, a non-profit organization, activate our Emergency Response Fund to provide support to rapidly emerging response needs. Support from individuals and organizations provides much need funding to meet response needs where federal and state funding is not available or available quickly enough to meet the need.

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CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of COVID-19 in the United States for weeks, including putting out alerts, creating guidance for clinicians for testing, developing a diagnostic test to detect the virus and implementing public health entry screenings at U.S. airports, among many other critical efforts.

 

WHAT IS A CORONAVIRUS

According to CDC, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In a month, the current outbreak surpassed the number of confirmed infections during the seven-month long SARS outbreak in 2003.

HOW YOU CAN HELP STOP THE OUTBREAK

Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through our Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet fast-emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.

You can make a difference in saving and improving lives. Please help us meet rapidly evolving response needs and support CDC's public health responders in their work in America and around the world. GIVE NOW


 

MAKING AN IMPACT: Our Response Update Reports

Response Update 1  |  February 21, 2020 (PDF)

 


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LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

CDC has been a primary first responder to the coronavirus outbreak. CDC is working closely with international, U.S. and state and local health authorities in its response. Learn from these CDC resources how to protect yourself, friends and family, and community:

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Philanthropic and private sector support through individuals, organizations and corporations is critical for use alongside government funding to meet needs that arise in rapidly evolving situations where speed and flexibility are paramount to saving and protecting lives.

—Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO, CDC Foundation