Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?
This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
How many people in the United States are infected with COVID-19?
U.S. case counts are updated regularly on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. See the current U.S. case count of COVID-19.
How can I protect myself?
Visit the COVID-19 Prevention page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are also at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
What should people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19 do?
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should: stock up on supplies; take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others; when you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick; limit close contact and wash your hands often, and avoid crowds. If there is an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible. Watch for symptoms and emergency signs. If you get sick, stay home and call your doctor. More information on how to prepare, what to do if you get sick, and how communities and caregivers can support those at higher risk is available on People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19.
Does CDC recommend the use of face masks to prevent COVID-19?
According to CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks after the second of a two-dose vaccine, or 2 weeks after a one-dose vaccine) can resume activities without wearing a mask or physicially distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
However, due to the delta variant, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask in all public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC suggests that those with an immune-weakining condition, or who take medication that weakens the immune system, should talk to their health care provider before easing precautions after being fully vaccinated.
If you have not been vaccinated, the CDC recommends the continuation of precautions, including wearing a face mask.