Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Responder Stories

Responder Stories
Updated Aug. 20, 2021
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CDC has thousands of responders supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about their unique stories.

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Following a Familiar Path

The concept of serving for the benefit of others is a family tradition for Deborah Dee. “Watching my dad, who was in the Navy and deployed most of the first 10 years of my life, ingrained in me from an early age that you do things for others. His service during the Vietnam War made a lifelong impression on me and since my childhood it has always been something I’ve been interested in.”