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IDSA Supports CDC Guidance on Preventing Respiratory Virus Spread

As we enter the fourth year since the first detection of SARS-CoV-2, much has changed. Over 95% of Americans have some degree of immunity either from prior infection, vaccination or both. We also have vaccines that prevent people from having severe disease, and we have medications that can be used when people are infected. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reminded us of what we can do to stay healthy and keep those around us healthy as COVID, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus spread. Thinking of prevention as something we do for all respiratory viruses provides a simpler way for everyone to stay healthy.

Experts in infectious diseases urge everyone who is eligible to stay up to date on vaccination for COVID-19, flu and RSV. All of us should also stay home when sick and seek testing for symptomatic respiratory illness as treatments are available for both flu and COVID-19.  

Individuals who are, or spend time with, persons at increased risk for serious illness from respiratory viruses, such as older adults, immunocompromised individuals and others with underlying health conditions, may want to take additional protective measures, such as wearing a mask.

— Steven K. Schmitt, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America 


About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of over 13,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at  


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