COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is a virus that originated in Wuhan, China in 2019 and has since reached pandemic spread. Most people with COVID-19 exhibit only mild symptoms, however there have been over 600,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the US to date. Post-COVID conditions also pose a threat, as there are many ongoing health problems that those who recover from COVID-19 may face. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, and vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 related hospitalizations/deaths on a large scale.
More information can be found on the CDC Website.
Because we are learning new things about COVID-19 every day, guidance is constantly changing. Linked below are the most up to date resources regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, travel guidelines, vaccine information, and more.
Below is a collection of guides for first responders, including potential action steps that can be used when preparing for a pandemic, provided by the US Fire Administration and FEMA.