A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and typically affects a significant portion of the population. There have been multiple pandemics since the beginning of the 20 th century, including the 1918 influenza pandemic, 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019.
A new virus can emerge anywhere and quickly spread. It is hard to predict when or where a new pandemic will emerge.
when a pandemic is declared
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do this often, such as before eating or after using the bathroom. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and those who are not members of your household.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when in public.
Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.
Stay at home as much as possible to prevent the disease from spreading or reduce your risk of exposure.
Follow guidelines from local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.