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.

COVID-19 Tracker for New York State Counties

Where to go for information

Watch Shannon Monnat (Lerner Chair and Center Director) and Emmy Helander (Lerner Graduate Fellow) discuss COVID-19 and its implications for U.S. population health.
Watch Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Rhubart on The Heat on CGTN America. The episode covered the surge of COVID-19 cases in this U.S. and things the public and policymakers should be considering in the coming month.

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

Lerner Center Research Briefs on COVID-19 and other Topics