Responding to Coronavirus

What You Need to Know

In late 2019, a new coronavirus, which causes the disease now known as COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan City, China. Today, the virus is spreading throughout the globe, including the United States. The 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, an independent nonprofit organization, activate our Emergency Response Fund to provide support to rapidly emerging response needs. Support from individuals and organizations provides much needed funding to meet response needs where federal and state funding is not available or available quickly enough to meet the need.


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.

MAKING AN IMPACT: Our Response Update Reports

Response Update 1  |  February 21, 2020 (PDF)

Response Update 2  |  March 27, 2020 (PDF)


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CDC Foundation Fund Addresses Emerging Needs

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

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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:

For Individuals

For Professionals and Labs

For Communities


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).

Be Aware of Potential Coronavirus-Related Scam Solicitations

To make sure that your donation supports the CDC Foundation’s coronavirus emergency response, donors can contact the CDC Foundation’s advancement department at 404-523-1873. Contributions to the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund can be made on our crowdfunding website set up for this response at or by phone, fax or mail. To discuss giving and partnership opportunities, contact the CDC Foundation at 404.653.0790 or If you are concerned about a fraudulent email message related to the coronavirus response, please contact the Secretary of State’s office in your state to report it.