COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. Since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has quickly spread and continues to evolve across the globe, including in the United States. This page provides regularly updated information and research about COVID-19 in the United States.
Where to go for information
- Get up-to-date information from the CDC
- Johns Hopkins Novel Coronavirus mapping dashboard (updated in real time)
- Harvard Medical School: Coronavirus Resource Center
- Real-time training for the Coronavirus disease outbreak (translation is available in 17 languages)
- Hastings Center Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions and Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services.
How do I protect myself and help to prevent its spread?
Given the grave and uncertain nature of COVID-19, we advocate the practice of social distancing so that we, as a community, can do our part to curtail the transmission of the virus. This is important given that COVID-19 appears to be fairly contagious and with an asymptomatic period longer than the common cold or seasonal flu. Social distancing means to avoid unnecessary mixing and social situations. Large gatherings in particular should be avoided.
Other basic measures to stay healthy include:
- Washing your hands with soap often and for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60%).
- Wear a mask in any public place or when interacting with people outside of your household.
- Avoid heavily public areas and touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slightly runny nose, until you recover.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
State Reports and Resources
- “Right to Work” and Life or Death for Georgia Teachers
- COVID-19 Trends in Missouri and Oklahoma Counties
- Rural Ohio Faces High Health Risk during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- New York’s Recovery Drove National COVID-19 Case Reduction
- High COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties
- New York State’s Rural Counties Have Higher COVID-19 Mortality Risk
- Geographic Disparities in COVID-19 Testing: An Urgent Call to Action
- COVID-19 Testing Rates are Lower in States with More Black and Poor Residents
- COVID-19 Cases are Clustered in Large Urban Hubs, but Rural Areas Surrounding those Hubs are Also Increasingly Affected
- Unhealthier States have Lower COVID-19 Testing Rates