CORONA VIRUS (COVID 19) PANDEMIC IN THE YEAR 2020
So here we are, in the middle of April 2020, self-distancing, in quarantine, away from our family and friends, working and visiting through social media and video conferencing and shopping online or making quick trips for limited supplies while wearing personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns, i.e PPE). Our world is on hold. We are experiencing fear, frustration, uncertainty and restlessness. We want to get back to 'normal' however we might define that and we all want this interruption to be over.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
TAKING THE TEMPERATURE OF A NATION, APRIL 2020
Currently, CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners as well as public health partners,
to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in adults 65 years and older and
people of any age with serious underlying medical problems.
For detailed, updated information, visit the CDC website.