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.

Global Clinical Mitigation

Global Clinical Mitigation
Updated Sept. 8, 2021
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Clinical Mitigation

Use clinical mitigation strategies to ensure adequate care for COVID-19 patients.

Clinical mitigation encompasses strategies to ensure adequate provision of care for mildly to moderately ill COVID-19 patients, and delivery of other non-COVID-19 essential health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Setting Up a Community Isolation Center

Pulse Oximetry and Oxygen Use

Sharing and Shifting Tasks to Maintain Essential Healthcare

Maintaining  Essential Services : As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems globally are being overwhelmed. Healthcare services are being compromised in order to meet the demands of caring for COVID-19 patients. However, ensuring delivery of essential health services must be prioritized to prevent increases in morbidity and mortality. Additionally, lock-downs and fear of acquiring the virus may reduce healthcare utilization; mitigation strategies are needed to ensure safe and effective delivery of routine essential services.


Maternal, Newborn, and Child Healthcare




Sharing and Shifting Tasks to Maintain Essential Healthcare