Emergency Preparedness & Response Videos

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How To Use a Self-Test (3:08)

Interested in performing a COVID-19 test at home? This short video explains the basics of how to purchase a self-test, collect a specimen, perform the test, and dispose of the test.

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How To Interpret Self-Test Results (4:15)

COVID-19 self-tests can be used at home and can provide quick results. This short video offers tips on how to interpret test results.

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When To Use a Self-Test (4:04)

Not sure when to use a COVID-19 self-test? This short video explains when and why self-tests may be used to identify your current infection status.

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Potassium Iodide (KI) & Radiation Emergencies

Potassium Iodide (KI) & Radiation Emergencies (1:01)

Potassium iodide (KI) can protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine (I-131) when used as directed in some radiation emergencies. It also describes the limitations of KI and its possible side effects. Do not take KI unless directed by a healthcare provider, or public health or emergency response official.

officer with mask on

How to Wear a Mask (1:07)

Wearing your mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDC’s Dr. Paige Armstrong shows you how to correctly put on and take off your mask.

COVID-19: Parents Supporting Children

COVID-19: Parents Supporting Children (2:05)

CDC provides recommendations on how parents and caregivers can help support children and teens during COVID-19 pandemic.

scientists in protective gear, analyzing samples

Behind the Headline: CDC Responds (2:34)

When a public health emergency happens, what you hear about how CDC responds, is just part of the story.

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Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 101 (6:00)

The video describes what an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is, how it fits within the framework of Incident Management Systems, how it functions and the benefits of establishing one and the importance of routine use in maintaining it.

CDC Video: A New Era of Preparedness

A New Era of Preparedness (5:29)

What CDC is doing to ensure that you and your family are safer and healthier in these ever-changing times.

CDC Video: Behind the Scenes - Emergency Operations Center

Behind the Scenes: Emergency Operations Center (6:24)

Take a look behind-the-scenes at the command center and staff responsible for coordinating emergency response to domestic and international public health threats. Since 2001, CDC has responded to dozens of events and incidents including the Anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina and SARS, Mpox, E. coli, and Novel H1N1 Flu outbreaks.

CDC Video: CDC 24/7 - Saving Lives, Protecting People

CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People (2:41)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to provide the American public with timely and accurate health information, responding to public health emergencies and natural disasters, and monitoring the spread of dangerous and life-threatening diseases.

CDC Video: CDC Laboratory Science: Mission Critical

CDC Laboratory Science: Mission Critical (3:35)

Over 2000 CDC Laboratory Scientists work with some of the deadliest health threats in the world to protect Americans. This group is unique in that we are the primary source at CDC that tests and evaluates tissues with unexplained deaths.

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