December 7, 2020  

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A Better Tomorrow Sooner

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the nation, individuals, families, and communities can take action to save lives, fuel economic recovery, and restore our communities. We all can do our part by wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding nonessential indoor spaces and crowded outdoor settings. Communities can put policies in place to increase access to testing, protect healthcare workers and people at risk for severe illness, and plan for widespread vaccination.

A new CDC report outlines a combination of 10 evidence-based strategies to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19.

Together, we can take actions to have a better tomorrow sooner.


The figure shows icons describing ways to slow COVID-19 spread and speed up economic recovery.

Everyone can:

  • Wear a mask consistently and correctly.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Limit contact with others.
  • Avoid nonessential indoor spaces (like enclosed restaurants) and crowded outdoor settings.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Get tested and stay home and away from others if you have COVID-19.
  • Stay home and away from others if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Postpone travel. Those who choose to travel by plane domestically should consider getting tested before and after travel.

Communities can:

  • Enact policies to protect communities: universal use of face masks, restrictions on use of nonessential indoor spaces (e.g., bars), and increased access to testing.
  • Safeguard healthcare personnel, other essential workers, and people most at-risk for severe illness.
  • Plan for and implement vaccine distribution.

Healthcare providers can:

  • Protect themselves and their patients by following all prevention strategies.
  • Encourage patients to protect themselves from COVID-19.
  • Get the vaccine when it’s available.
  • Talk to patients about COVID-19 vaccines and listen to their concerns with empathy.

Read the CDC MMWR report Summary of Guidance for Public Health Strategies to Address High Levels of Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and Related Deaths, December 2020

To learn more about COVID-19 in your area, visit your local health department website or the COVID-19 Data Tracker (Integrated County View)

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