Get the Facts

Our effort is supported by scientists and experts who have come together to protect public health throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Our trusted advisors

#BeatTheVirus science messaging guided by our Science advisory council, led by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, Former US Assistant Surgeon General and Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Susan Blumenthal

Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (ret) and Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein

Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Aviva Must

Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs; Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine


Knowledge is powerful

Our experts have distilled trusted information about COVID-19 into these ten actions everyone can take to help slow the virus’ spread and limit its impact.

I don’t want to get it or spread it. I might even have it and not know it.
I’ll stay home whenever possible.
I’ll cover my coughs and sneezes.
I’ll wash my hands often.
I’ll avoid group gatherings and keep 6 feet apart from others.
I'll disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
I'll wear a cloth mask when I’m around others outside.
I’ll isolate myself if I feel sick and call a doctor if it worsens.
I'll follow my state and local guidelines.
I'll remember it’s not just about me, it’s about all of us.

Backed by the facts

Our messages are aligned with trusted sources on the science of COVID-19, drawing on the expertise and recommendations of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and other leading experts.

What to do if you feel sick

COVID-19 disease is caused by a new coronavirus that has emerged. Some people infected with this coronavirus may not have any symptoms, but when they do symptoms can range from mild to moderate. You should seek care immediately if you experience any of these emergency warning signs (not exhaustive):

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent chest pain/pressure
  • New confusion, inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you think you have coronavirus, call ahead before seeking medical attention. Telehealth services may be available with healthcare providers. Always call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

Look to the CDC for the latest recommendations about responding to COVID-19. You can also visit the Self-Checker on the CDC website to help you determine if you might need medical attention.


Stop the spread

COVID-19 is highly contagious, and current estimates suggest that every person with coronavirus infects 2 to 3 other people. Be sure to practice social distancing; doing this will help prevent the spread of the virus to others. If someone in your household has coronavirus and is being cared for at home, it is very important that the entire household stays home even if not sick.

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Commit to social distancing

Our best chance of beating the virus is if we practice social distancing – stay home whenever possible, isolate when sick, and keep 6 feet apart from people if you need to leave your house. Also, be sure to follow specific state and local guidelines for travel and other restrictions.

Leaving the house

If you must leave, keep 6 feet apart from people in stores, in lines, and even while outside. Wear a mask in these settings.

Looking to socialize?

Avoid in-person gatherings of any size; try getting the gang together for virtual hang-outs.

Need food?

Try getting groceries and meals delivered from your local stores and restaurants. Make sure to disinfect surfaces and items received from outside.

Visiting someone?

Remember, seniors and people with serious health conditions are most at risk and should stay home and away from others as much as possible.


Boosting mental health

It's normal to feel sad, anxious, confused, scared, or angry during a crisis. That's why social support is critical during these stressful times.

Stay Connected

Use social media to stay connected with your family, friends, and the rest of the world.

Use Stressbusters

Reduce anxiety by doing things to help you de-stress, like listening to music, reading, yoga, and other activities you enjoy. Limit your exposure to any media coverage that could trigger anxiety.

Get Help

If you feel overwhelmed, consider virtually talking with a counselor or healthcare provider.