CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Transcript

Whether the threat is a disease outbreak, chronic condition, environmental hazard, natural disaster or deliberate attack, CDC works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep Americans safe – in the U.S. and around the world.

CDC was there when America faced its most challenging moments, like the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. And CDC was there responding to one of the worst foodborne outbreaks in our nation.

And we will be there when America faces its next threat. Our disease detectives are ready to deploy anywhere in the U.S, or around the world. We are always on the watch as America’s disease tracker.

CDC constantly tracks the health status of whole populations across the U.S. We look for emerging health threats and develop real-world solutions that save lives, protect people, and help reduce health costs. We give public health officials critical information so they can make the right decisions. And CDC supports the nation’s state-of-the-art laboratories that protect Americans from infectious and foodborne outbreaks, biosecurity threats, environmental hazards, and other health risks.

Our disease detectives and laboratories are a key line of defense not only against threats here in the U.S. – but from around the globe. Because an outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere…

We’ve trained thousands of in-country disease detectives, increasing the chance that the next major health threat will be caught before it crosses borders.

Many of the biggest health threats in the U.S. are preventable. Obesity, tobacco use, high blood pressure and motor vehicle crashes kill hundreds of thousands of people and cost billions of dollars in medical costs and worker productivity every year in the U.S.

CDC supports proven prevention methods to save lives and money – like seat belt use… physical activity and good nutrition in schools and workplaces. We’re in your community too, helping local officials take care of whatever public health challenges you and your neighbors may face.

Today, Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives thanks in part to key public health achievements. CDC works 24/7 for a strong and ready public health system to keep America healthy, safe, and secure – now and tomorrow.

Page last reviewed: November 27, 2017