Announcement: CDC Releases Summary of Guidance to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Friday, December 4, 2020


CDC Releases Summary of Guidance to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19


As the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the nation, today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new report reinforcing a combination of 10 evidence-based strategies that individuals, families, and their communities can implement to slow the spread and control COVID-19.


These 10 strategies include:

Wear Masks
Maintain Distance/Limit Contacts
Avoid Gatherings
Identify & Isolate Cases
Conduct Contact Tracing & Quarantine
Protect High-Risk Groups
Protect Health Care Workers
Postpone Travel
Wash Hands
Vaccinate Widely


While no single strategy can control the pandemic, using a combination of evidence-based strategies is critical to slowing the spread and controlling COVID-19 - saving lives, fueling economic recovery, and restoring community life in the process.


You Can Help Your Members Fight COVID-19

With the accelerating spread of COVID-19 and the expected rapid increase in coming weeks, CDC is providing health information for individuals, families, and communities to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the attached resources, you can help share information on the actions people can take to stay healthy.  These actions are critical to keep schools, businesses, and the healthcare system open and fully functioning.


Materials include:

Social media graphic sized for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn (Attachment 1)
One-pager outlining the ten public health actions that individuals and communities can take to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Attachment 2)
Handout on the 3 key steps to take while waiting for a COVID-19 test result. This resource will help explain what people should do while they are waiting for a COVID-19 test result to help them prepare for contact tracing. It is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Marshallese, and Vietnamese.
Summary of today's released report and sample social media posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (Attachment 3)                                                                                                                                                               


As our partners, we thank you for continued partnership, collaboration, and commitment to ending this pandemic.


For the latest information on the outbreak, visit CDC's Novel Coronavirus 2019 website.

For questions about CDC's response to COVID-19, please contact the CDC Washington Office at CDCWNCoVResponse [at] cdc [dot] gov.