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 to COVID-19

An Overview of Our Work to Date


Biweekly Response Update Reports (PDF):

Response Update 1  |  February 21, 2020

Response Update 2  |  March 27, 2020

Response Update 3  |  April 10, 2020

Response Update 4  |  April 24, 2020

Response Update 5  |  May 8, 2020

Response Update 6  |  May 22, 2020

Response Update 7  |  June 8, 2020

Response Update 8  |  June 19, 2020

Response Update 9  |  July 3, 2020

Response Update 10  |  July 20, 2020

Response Update 11  |  July 31, 2020



> #UniteInGratitude: A New Campaign Honoring Healthcare Workers

> Companies Step Forward to Keep Healthcare Workers Safe

> Task Force Aims to Examine COVID-19 Health Inequities

> The CDC Foundation Hosts Online Seminars on Reopening Key Industries

> Collaborations in the Time of COVID-19

> COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing: A First-Hand Account

> Team Efforts Push CDC Foundation's Crowdfunding Campaign Past $48 Million

> Standing Together Against COVID-19 on #GivingTuesdayNow

> How One Nursing Student Is Making a Difference and How You Can, Too

> COVID-19 Toolkit: Working Together to Keep Our Communities Healthy

> [older blogs]

> [older news releases]

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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Free COVID-19 Communications Resources for Public Health Organizations

The CDC Foundation has free, unbranded resources that public health organizations can download and customize to help share key public health messaging. The CDC Foundation will continue to create new materials that respond to evolving needs and will update the resources as needed. View the COVID-19 Public Health Toolkit

Free Seminars for K-12 Education, Retail and Childcare Industries

The CDC Foundation, in collaboration with Leavitt Partners, recently hosted a series of online seminars for retailers, childcare providers, and elementary and secondary education leaders. These seminars have been designed to provide insights into existing resources and tools and share a risk analysis framework leaders can use to inform their operational decisions. View those seminars on YouTube now:

   For Retail Leaders

   For Child Care Leaders

   For K-12 Education Leaders

For more information, visit the seminar landing page: Evolving Your COVID-19 Strategy


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

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. We are also currently running a Facebook Fundraiser if you would prefer to give on that platform. To discuss other giving and partnership opportunities, or if you want to confirm that your donation supports our coronavirus emergency response, contact the CDC Foundation's Advancement department at 404.523.1873 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.