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Hurricane Evacuation Sign
Week of August 24, 2020

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked. That’s why it’s best to be prepared—stock up on everything you might need now. Learn more here.

image of an african american woman
Week of August 17, 2020

700 women die every year in the United States from pregnancy-related complications. Learn more about the urgent maternal warning signs and how you can help save her life with our new Hear Her Campaign..

woman breastfeeding
Week of August 10, 2020

August is National Breastfeeding Month! Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants. It can also reduce the risk for certain health conditions for both infants and mothers. Learn more about breastfeeding and what CDC is doing.

Image of a neighborhood
Week of July 13, 2020

Individuals, businesses, health departments, and community settings (such as schools) can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about our Community Mitigation Framework and take action.

Mom sitting with kids on beach
Week of July 6, 2020

Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Protect your family and yourself from skin cancer with these sun safety tips for families.

woman coughing into elbow
Week of June 29, 2020

Do you know the symptoms? People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may include Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and more. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

social distancing
Week of June 15, 2020

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more about social distancing.

adult taking young girls temperature
Week of June 1, 2020

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. Learn more about MIS-C and what to do if you think your child is sick with MIS-C.

Concept of healthy lifestyle with dog and man hiking outdoor
Week of May 25, 2020

Traveling long distances to visit a park may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Visit parks that are close to your home and follow guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission. Read more at our page on visiting parks and recreational facilities.

patient and doctor covid
Week of May 18, 2020

Wondering if you should seek testing for COVID-19? CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments or healthcare providers. Learn more about testing and updated guidance here.

sunscreen safety
Week of May 11, 2020

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade. Learn more.

Man with mask
Week of May 4, 2020

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Learn more about specific guidelines for cloth face covering use and how to make your own at home by visiting our web page.

Man with fever taking temperature
Week of April 6, 2020

Watch for symptoms of coronavirus. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Learn more about symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you think you may be infected.

Man coughing
Week of March 23, 2020

Based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses, the following symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Image of different foods
Week of March 9, 2020

Most Americans consume about 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day, which is much more than the recommended amount of 2,300 mg per day (about one teaspoon of salt). Sodium increases blood pressure, which raises the risk for heart disease and stroke. For tips on how to avoid excess sodium in your diet, visit our National Nutrition Month page.

Doctor with man and son
Week of February 17, 2020

The #HowIRecommend video series features short, informative videos from clinicians like you. These videos explain the importance of vaccination, how to effectively address questions from parents about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how clinicians routinely recommend same day vaccination to their patients.

Page last reviewed: August 24, 2020