What is a pandemic?
Pandemics happen when a new (novel) virus emerges for which humans have little or no immunity. These viruses are able to spread easily from person to person and can cause serious illness.
What can be done to help prevent influenza and other respiratory illnesses?
Everyday measures can be taken to help prevent the spread of disease. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Planning and Preparing for Families and Individuals
Information for Higher Risk and Special Populations
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Guidance for School and Childcare