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Category: Disease Outbreak

We the People: How to Create Community in an Emergency

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Creating community is important to building resilience to a public health emergency, but it can be incredibly difficult to do in a pandemic. On its surface, the idea of coming together to prepare and build resilience contradicts CDC’s guidance to put distance between yourself and other people (i.e., physical distancing). However, there are less traditional Read More >

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Be Prepared by Staying Informed About COVID-19

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The U.S. Government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is coordinating an emergency response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and it’s rapidly evolving situation. As new information and updated guidance becomes available, CDC is using traditional and digital methods, including social media, to inform the whole community, including schools, businesses, Read More >

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Physical Distancing & the Joy of Joining In

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  Physical distancing is the act of avoiding crowded places and putting space between yourself and others. In practical terms, it means staying at home (mostly) and away from public places, such as restaurants, where people get together. It’s a prescription that goes double for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick Read More >

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NCEZID Labs, Programs Mark 2019 Milestones

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The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) faced challenges in 2019, but the year also marked a number of milestones for the center. NCEZID’s annual Accomplishments report recaps those achievements and lays out some of the future challenges. Milestones in Laboratory Science CDC’s high-containment laboratories (HCL), which study some of the world’s Read More >

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Health Departments Work Off the Field to Keep Fans Safe, Healthy on Game Day

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It’s almost game day. Over the course of this week, an estimated 1 million people will visit Atlanta for the Super Bowl LIII experience or to attend the game on Sunday, Feb. 3. A week from now, after the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded and the fans head home, things will return to normal. And Read More >

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Operation Shortbread Is Not Your ‘Cookie Cutter’ MCM Exercise

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December 4 is National Cookie Day, which—from a public health perspective—is what makes the scratch-made story of Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services’ Operation Shortbread a fitting one to tell this time of year. What do cookies have to do with public health, you ask? Before we answer that question, let’s begin with Read More >

Posted on by Kelcie A. Landon, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Center for Preparedness and Response, Division of State and Local Readiness4 CommentsTags , , , , , , , , , , ,
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