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A New Normal With COVID-19: The Next Steps We Must Take

April 8, 2020

I remember playing hide-and-seek when I was a young child, crouching under the suits and on top of my father’s shoes in the corner of a musty closet. I was delighted in not being found, but crouching in the confined space got old fast.

Fox News

Former CDC Chief Tom Frieden: Coronavirus – These simple steps can make a real difference

April 3, 2020

We’ve heard it over and over: Wash your hands. Stay home. Physical distancing and proper hygiene are not high-tech or exciting, but they remain the best and simplest ways to protect yourself and your family and to stop the spread of coronavirus in your community. Additionally, most of the steps are free.

USA Today

Former CDC head on coronavirus testing: What went wrong and how we proceed

April 1, 2020

A series of errors with lab testing delayed the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We need to be clear about what went wrong and how we can get things right.

Fox News

Drs. Frieden and Dooley: Coronavirus safety tips — 6 simple ways to stay healthy

March 31, 2020

Watching the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grow can make you feel helpless. And although we all need to take steps to stay safe, some people have become needlessly fearful.

Fox News

Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus straight talk – the letter that should be sent to every American

March 30, 2020

In May of 1988, I was working as a medical resident in New York City. AIDS was front and center for the hundreds of patients we cared for and for whom we could do so little, and for ourselves, fearing needle sticks as we drew blood dozens of times a day.

Resolve to Save Lives

Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, Urges New York City Residents with Mild Symptoms Not to Seek Care or Get Tested at This Time

March 27, 2020

27 March 2020 – Today, Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, a global health organization headquartered in New York, released the following statement urging New York City Residents with mild symptoms not to seek care or get tested at this time:

“If you’re in New York and you have some of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough and fever, I urge you not to get tested if those symptoms are only mild. Every non-essential test delays tests and uses scarce protective equipment needed for someone who is very sick. This means that soon healthcare workers may not have necessary safety equipment, including masks, to treat hospitalized patients.
On the other hand, if you are short of breath with cough and fever, definitely seek care, and do so safely. Call ahead. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, scarf, bandana, or other piece of clothing.

The Hill

We’ll lose ‘World War C’ against the coronavirus if we don’t fight the right way

March 27, 2020

This is war. It is “World War C,” humans against the coronavirus. In a war, a strategy is important and so is organization. For rapid, effective action to fight epidemics, the best practice is to use an incident management system.

Fox News

Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus and cardiovascular disease – stopping a deadly duo

March 26, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, one thing we have learned is that people with pre-existing chronic diseases are at substantially higher risk of severe complications and death. As we race to respond to this pandemic, we need to protect and provide care for the most vulnerable among us, including people living with cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

Washington Post

When will it be safe to go out again?

March 26, 2020

There is increasing pressure to resume social and economic activity soon to limit the economic damage from the coronavirus. Suggestions to reopen are emerging that are not informed by thoughtful analysis or public-health expertise.

Fox News

Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus infection risk may be reduced by Vitamin D

March 23, 2020

As we race to develop effective treatments and a vaccine against COVID-19, people are looking to reduce their risk of getting sick. One thing that might help is as obvious as the sun in the sky and as close as your medicine cabinet – Vitamin D.


Former CDC director: There’s a long war ahead and our Covid-19 response must adapt

March 22, 2020

Different times call for different measures. When Covid-19 hit China, I was concerned, as were many public health professionals, about what could happen and urged rapid action to understand more and prepare. But few of us anticipated the catastrophic impact the new virus has had in Wuhan, in Italy and may soon have in many other places.

New York Daily News

How NYC can get through the coronavirus crisis: Stay home, and don’t get tested or seek care if you have mild illness

March 18, 2020

New York City has been through a lot in the past few days — and unfortunately, COVID-19 will get a lot worse in our city, and soon, before it gets better. What we do and don’t do in the coming days will determine how much worse.

Project Syndicate

The Three Essential Questions about COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Public-health specialists in the United States and elsewhere must focus squarely on gathering more data regarding how the COVID-19 virus spreads, and which segments of the population are most vulnerable. Answering these questions as quickly as possible has become a matter of life and death.


7 potentially deadly errors the US is making in its coronavirus response

March 16, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly, every step of the response needs to prioritize actions most likely to achieve three overarching goals: prevent infections, prevent death in infected people, and reduce societal harms. But the United States’ response is being undermined by seven potentially deadly errors.


Former CDC director: Covid-19 is different from flu and we must respond differently

March 14, 2020

There are similarities and differences between Covid-19 and the flu, but we know much less about the novel coronavirus. As we look at what happened in China, and what’s happening now in Italy, it’s easy to adopt a fatalistic attitude that “there’s nothing we can do, we’re all going to get it anyway.”


Lessons from Ebola: The secret of successful epidemic response

March 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus is an unprecedented threat. We don’t know how bad it will be or for how long it will spread, but we do know that it has already infected more than 118,000 people around the world — and probably many times that number, killed more than 4,000 people and caused serious global economic damage.

Think Global Health

Could Coronavirus Kill a Million Americans?

March 10, 2020

Soon after I became director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June of 2009, I was asked to brief President Barack Obama about the emerging pandemic of H1N1 influenza. It was the first time I had briefed the president, there was a blizzard of information from CDC’s experts, and I had a videocall with dozens of CDC professionals—most of whom didn’t know I was about to brief the president—just before the briefing to make sure I had the latest information.


Former CDC director: It’s time to restrict visits to nursing homes

March 8, 2020

Last week, I noted that we were in the calm before the storm. Now, the storm has started in the United States and is gathering strength.

Resolve to Save Lives

Dr. Tom Frieden on 19 Critical Data Gaps Limiting our Effectiveness Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 6, 2020

The more we know, the better we can protect people against COVID-19. Here’s a set of the most important questions to be answered. Although we learn more about this virus every day and have some information on some of these questions, much of that data is preliminary, imprecise, or potentially inaccurate.

The Hill

Protecting Americans from infectious disease threats, today and tomorrow

March 3, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic expands, the U.S. Congress is drafting supplemental funding legislation to jumpstart our fight against this emerging threat. As with H1N1 influenza and Ebola, we can’t protect American lives and our economy without addressing global disease threats.

Think Global Health

How to Save Lives in a COVID-19 Pandemic

February 28, 2020

The pace of COVID-19, the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, has been astonishing, and it is inevitable that this will become a pandemic, if it hasn’t already. When a disease is a pandemic, it considered to be an ongoing threat to people around the world.

Resolve to Save Lives COVID-19 Newsletter

February 28, 2020

A quarterly newsletter dedicated to innovative work, exciting data, and noteworthy news on epidemic preparedness.


Former CDC director: A coronavirus pandemic is inevitable. What now?

February 25, 2020

Covid-19 will become a pandemic. We don’t yet know how severe it will be, nor do we know if the virus will spread to all continents, but it’s already spreading widely in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and elsewhere — and thousands of undetected and infectious patients have been and continue to travel around the world.

Think Global Health

What’s Next for COVID-19?

February 18, 2020

Right now, the crucial question for the world is whether the virus can be contained and eliminated, as SARS was, or is destined to continue to spread, as other coronaviruses that cause the common cold do. Containment means that the virus is eliminated, as we think SARS was eliminated, and no longer spreads among people.


New study an eye-opener on how coronavirus is spreading and how little we know

February 8, 2020

A study published Friday in the medical journal JAMA found that 41% of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital. This is big news.


Opinion: Africa is not fully ready for coronavirus

February 6, 2020

Globalization has ensured viruses know no borders, with diseases moving across the world in less than 36 hours. Since December, the novel coronavirus has spread from China, where it was first discovered, to dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Think Global Health

Dr. Tom Frieden on the Politics of Epidemics

January 31, 2020

Coronavirus and other infectious disease agents don’t care about governments, ideologies, or borders. But politics in the fight against disease can cost us lives and money.

Resolve to Save Lives

Dr. Tom Frieden on the World Health Organization’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

January 31, 2020

The declaration of a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) is warranted and matches the situation on the ground. The PHEIC will allow WHO to go beyond the sound technical information they have distributed to date, and allow them to further lean into the role of global leadership for governments and the private sector.

The Washington Post

The next pandemic is coming. We’re not prepared for it.

January 30, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads beyond China, the world is asking, “Are we on the verge of our next global pandemic?” We can be sure the virus will continue to spread, but we can’t predict how far or for how long or how bad the impact will be.


Former CDC director Tom Frieden on 3 key questions about the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China

January 22, 2020

There may or may not always be something new out of Africa, as the saying goes, but there’s always something new out of the microbial world. Scientists find an average of one new pathogen every year.

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