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What Types of Emergencies Should You Plan For?

In 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared September to be National Preparedness Month. During September each year, FEMA encourages families to take a moment to consider and create an action plan for the various emergencies that could occur within their homes, businesses, or communities. What types of emergencies should you plan for? View this list from NPHIC to learn what...

Biden’s Comments About Pandemic Widen Public Health Split Over How U.S. Should Respond to COVID-19

Even as the U.S. prepares for a potential winter surge of COVID-19, President Biden’s recent interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” remarked that “the pandemic is over.” Biden’s declaration has created another split-screen moment in efforts to bring COVID-19 to heel. Some public health experts worry that political motives are driving the President’s desire to declare the pandemic over, rather than pro...

PHCC Offers Messaging Guidance for “Is the Pandemic Over?”

Many people are asking when the pandemic will end or if the pandemic is over. Although we have come a long way in combating COVID-19 and we remain on the right track, COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat in some communities–and especially for people who are at highest risk of severe disease. The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) has updated their messaging guidance to help ...

Wharton: How the CDC Plans to Regain Public Trust

The CDC must learn from the mistakes it made during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic if it wants to win back public trust, according to Wharton health care management professor Ingrid Nembhard. She thinks CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is on the right path to do just that. Walensky has announced a major overhaul to modernize the agency and get the public messaging right. Walensky’s plan incl...

EPIC Webinar: Monkeypox 101

Join CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) on Wednesday, September 28, from 2 pm to 3 pm EST for a webinar titled “Monkeypox 101.” You will learn about the signs and symptoms of monkeypox, how it spreads, understanding your risk, and how to prevent and treat monkeypox. You’ll also hear about the trends for the current outbreak in the United States, how CDC is responding to and ...

Majority of Pregnancy-Related Deaths are Preventable

More than 80% of maternal deaths across 36 states could have been prevented, according to the CDC’s review of pregnancy-related mortality. The data, from multidisciplinary state and local maternal mortality review committees supported by the CDC, showed mental health conditions were the number one cause of pregnancy-related mortality linked to 23% of deaths, including suicide and overdose or po...

Where do American’s Get Their News on Social Media?

Digital news has become an important part of Americans’ news media diets, with social media playing a crucial role in news consumption. Today, half of U.S. adults get news at least sometimes from social media. When it comes to where Americans regularly get news on social media, Facebook outpaces all other social media sites. Roughly a third of U.S. adults (31%) say they regularly get news from ...

Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Booster for Ages 6+

Moderna last week said it has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize its COVID-19 bivalent booster shot for adolescents and children as young as 6 years old. The application for children ages 6 months to under 6 years is expected to be completed later this year, the company said. Moderna’s booster shot is currently authorized for adults, while the bivalent booster from Pfizer...

What’s Your Chance of Catching Monkeypox?

With the help of epidemiologist Bill Jesdale, NPR’s Goats & Soda crunched the numbers using CDC data for monkeypox cases in August, COVID and other threats. How can people get a clear idea of what their chances are of contracting monkeypox? They found 1 in 750 have a chance of catching monkeypox in the U.S. if you are a man who has sex with men last month. The concerns about catching monkey...
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