Prepare Your Health
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus. The disease caused by this novel coronavirus is called “coronavirus disease 2019” (or COVID-19).
COVID-19 is a new disease. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. CDC is still learning about how COVID-19 spreads, the severity of illness it causes. There are steps people now can take to prepare for and prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.
Stay informed in this rapidly evolving situation. CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available. Follow verified sources of reliable information, including @CDCgov, @CDCemergency, and the social media handles of your state and local health departments.
It’s been said that your health is your most important asset. Why wouldn’t you do all you can to prepare and protect it from the ‘side effects’ of a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or other emergency?
Despite the many reasons and motivations to prepare for an emergency, many Americans are un- or underprepared to protect the health of their families from the direct and indirect effects of an emergency on the public health and healthcare systems.
Prepare Your Health encourages personal health preparedness for public health emergencies with practical advice on how to get ready and build resilience.
Prepare Your Health is organized into three categories: Personal Health Preparedness, Plan Ahead, and Create Community. Use the information on these webpages to help you prepare your family for disasters and public health emergencies.
Share what you’ve learned with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and social media followers to help build more resilient communities.
A person’s “resilience” is their ability to bounce back from a difficult or life-changing event—like the diagnosis of chronic disease or the impacts of a natural disaster. People—and communities they are a part of—are better able to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity when they make healthy choices, like the decision to prepare for emergencies.
When enough healthy, socially connected, and prepared people come together, they form a community that is often better able to withstand, manage, and recover from disasters.