The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new details on community mitigation as part of the White House task force’s plan to “open and keep America open” .
The guidelines, released Friday evening on the CDC websitedescribe the steps people can take to slow the spread of the virus.
New concepts include an emphasis on personal responsibility and adapting strategies to target specific populations.
“Mitigation strategies can be increased or decreased as local conditions change,” said the CDC on its website. “When developing mitigation plans, communities must identify ways to ensure the security and social well-being of groups that may be particularly affected by mitigation strategies, including individuals at increased risk of serious illness.”
In terms of financial resources, the CDC said it had provided nearly $ 730 million to fund surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications and d ‘other preparation and response activities.
The CDC says it has “500 existing field workers integrated into state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies, most of whom have rotated to support the COVID-19 response.”
Community protection teams are dispatched to eight states to conduct contact tracing. The eight states include:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
Rapid large-scale tests and finding contracts to quickly isolate epidemics are widely seen as necessary to reopen the economy.
When asked in what capacity the CDC teams would work, a federal health official familiar with the community protection initiative said they would “test new technologies”, including “asking people to self dab and assess their effectiveness. They are also examining mobile technology to examine contact tracing. “