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Schaffner Report: Safely Navigating Outdoor Spaces During COVID-19

Summer is normally a time to enjoy the great outdoors. But in the era of COVID-19, is it safe to go to parks, beaches, pools, or other crowded places? What can individuals do to enjoy summer fun without contracting the novel coronavirus? NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, talks with NFID Executive Director and CEO, Marla Dalton, CAE, about ways to reduce risk and enjoy outdoor summer activities in a COVID-19 environment…

The Importance of Preparing for the Next Pandemic

As the US grapples with one of the worst public health crises of our lifetime, the consequences of years of underfunding US healthcare infrastructure and research and development are becoming all too clear. The infrastructure used for the COVID-19 response today is the same infrastructure that was built to address seasonal and pandemic influenza (flu) over the last two decades.

Schaffner Report: #COVID-19 Face Masks

Citing recent studies on asymptomatic transmission, CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth face coverings in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, where social distancing may be hard to maintain. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD discusses the rationale for the updated guidance and what the public should know about wearing face masks…

Schaffner Report: Coronavirus Special Edition

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, US public health officials are ramping up preparedness response efforts at the local, state, and national levels, including quarantines and travel restrictions. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD discusses steps that both the public and healthcare professionals can take…

100 Years Later: Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic

Each September, during National Preparedness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with 3,000 global, national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public health institutions, supports emergency preparedness efforts and encourages individuals to take action before, during, and after an emergency. The goal is to ensure that every community in the US is prepared…

#Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Our world is more interconnected than ever before and as the global population grows, new interactions with animals and the environment can cause disease epidemics. To help spread awareness, NFID is a proud supporter of the new 3-year Smithsonian exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World…

ID News Round-Up

Recent items of interest from the world of infectious diseases including increased risk of stroke and heart attack from shingles, needle-free flu vaccines, and measles in Europe and Minnesota…