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Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden on President Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Prevent Epidemics October 2, 2020

My thoughts are with the President, First Lady, their family and all those infected with and affected by this virus. This is a reminder that COVID-19 is an ongoing threat to our country and can happen to anyone.

Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden on the death of 200,000 Americans from COVID-19

Prevent Epidemics September 22, 2020

Every one of the 200,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 is a tragedy, and most of these deaths did not have to happen.

New Report Provides Policy Guidance to Promote Widespread Mask-Wearing to Help Contain COVID-19

Prevent Epidemics August 27, 2020

As scientific understanding of COVID-19 has evolved, the importance of mask-wearing has become clear. Today we released a new report, “Promoting mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic: a policymaker’s guide,” to help communities design and implement evidence-based strategies to promote widespread and correct use of masks.

Essential Indicator Availability by State Matrix

Prevent Epidemics August 6, 2020

Tracking COVID-19 in the United States: From Information Catastrophe to Empowered Communities

Most of United States Not Reporting Essential COVID-19 Data

Prevent Epidemics July 21, 2020

After five months of attempting to control COVID-19, the United States has emerged as one the worst-performing countries in the world, with one in four of all global COVID deaths occurring in the US and a death rate that is among the world’s worst.

Health and Education Experts Weigh in on How Schools Can Maximize Health and Safety as They Look to Reopen

Prevent Epidemics July 8, 2020

Dr. Tom Frieden, Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President, joined by bipartisan former U.S. Secretaries of Education Margaret Spellings and Arne Duncan and Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr. to urge Americans to work together and support our children so schools can open more safely in the Fall.

Will Rollback of Public Health Measures Affect COVID-19 Spread? New Simulator Demonstrates How

Prevent Epidemics July 1, 2020

Experts from Resolve to Save Lives and Earthrise Media developed a simulator to help guide national decisions on public health and social measures, including stay-at-home orders.

New Study Spotlights Critical Gap In Health Security: Protecting Health Care Workers

Prevent Epidemics June 24, 2020

Researchers from Resolve to Save Lives and Johns Hopkins University identify practical steps countries can take to protect health workers, curb COVID-19 and prepare for future epidemics.

Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Global Response Initiative Supports 31 African Countries to Expand Their Pandemic Containment and Provides Training for Nearly 6,000 Healthcare Workers

Prevent Epidemics June 17, 2020

In the three months since Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its $40 million COVID-19 Global Response Initiative, with partner Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, 31 countries in Africa have been able to deepen and expand their public health efforts to minimize the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Contact Tracing Playbook Provides Guidance to Public Health Officials on Nationwide Efforts to Contain COVID-19

Prevent Epidemics June 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States moves to a new stage of containment, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, announced the release of a new Contact Tracing Playbook to help cities, states, and counties establish trusted and effective contact tracing programs that will reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Inside a pandemic, advancing Ethiopia’s healthcare

New Business Ethiopia June 13, 2020

Up to now, Ethiopia has evaded the worst of the coronavirus pandemic—but that may be changing. What for two months was just a trickle of reported cases of infection is swelling into what could become a flood.

Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, Warns of COVID-19 Data Myths and Misuses, Outlines Metrics that Matter

Prevent Epidemics June 11, 2020

With the exponential rise in collection of COVID-19 data, experts warn of its misuse. Today, Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, held a press briefing along with other epidemiology experts, outlining COVID-19 data misconceptions and metrics that matter to guide public health officials.

5 ways to prevent another 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the US (and beyond)

Vox May 27, 2020

As we hit a gruesome milestone — 100,000 reported deaths from the novel coronavirus in the United States — we must focus on the single most important part of the response: saving the most lives.

Revealing the Toll of COVID-19: New Guidance Helps Governments Uncover the True Scale of the Pandemic

Vital Strategies May 21, 2020

In the months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, two indicators have emerged as paramount to coordinating an effective response: the number of cases and the number of deaths, as reported on national and global dashboards.

Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus alert levels — here’s how to recover our economy without risking lives

Fox News May 20, 2020

If you’ve lived on a coast during hurricane season, driven in a big city with heavy smog, or hiked in woods prone to wildfires, you may have seen a simple color-coded alert. At a glance, it told you if a hidden danger was present that affected you and others — an approaching storm, harmful air pollution, or dry brush ready to burn.

COVID Alert System Protects Health, Promotes Economic Growth and Reduces the Risks of Reopening During the COVID Pandemic

Prevent Epidemics May 20, 2020

COVID-19 is a long-term threat to public health, with most experts predicting waves of infection until there is a vaccine or highly effective treatment. “Staying Alert: Navigating COVID-19 Risk Toward a New Normal” recommends that governments implement a four-tiered, color-coded level system that grades the current state of risk from red, “4-Very High Risk,” to green, “1-New Normal.” The report was released today by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, based on an intensive review of the best practices in countries around the world and states in the U.S.

We need to enter the fifth stage of coronavirus grief: Acceptance

Washington Post May 14, 2020

The five stages of grief provide a useful framework for thinking about crises caused by the pandemic. Although the concept sometimes oversimplifies a complex process, there are core truths: People tend to accept harsh realities gradually and with difficulty.

A Call for Global Solidarity

Think Global Health May 13, 2020

More than ever, we live behind walls. In our homes, we stare at them, desperately wanting to leave. Our shops, workplaces and schools are shuttered.

Technology companies can help fight Covid-19

CNN May 13, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a global, all-hands-on-deck moment. Every day, it asks a great deal from all of us, from policymakers and epidemiologists to health care professionals to every person who stays at home to protect others.

Only Saving Lives Will Save Livelihoods

Foreign Affairs May 13, 2020

The novel coronavirus has spread widely around the world, overwhelming health-care systems and killing hundreds of thousands of people. But fatigue with stay-at-home orders and the consequences of a sudden freeze in economic activity have brought diminished focus on the human cost of the disease.

To beat COVID-19 in Africa, we must find a balance

Ventures May 11, 2020

When Ebola exploded in West Africa in 2015, communities across Africa worked together to contain the disease and learned firsthand the importance of acting early. Although they faced myriad challenges, governments and their partners were able to form an organized effort to successfully contain the virus.

Lockdown Is a Blunt Tool. We Have a Sharper One.

New York Times May 5, 2020

We’ve been dealt a bad hand with the coronavirus pandemic. Until we have a vaccine or effective treatment, we have limited tools to fight it.

New Interactive Playbook Provides Critical Tool for World’s Public Health Decision-makers to Manage and Adapt COVID-19 Responses

Prevent Epidemics April 22, 2020

The Prevent Epidemics Team at Resolve to Save Lives announced today the launch of their new interactive COVID-19 Playbook, a resource to help public health policymakers and other decision-makers around the world manage and adapt their countries’ COVID-19 responses as they move through different phases of the disease curve—from response to recovery.

Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, Releases Detailed Action Plan to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic and Gradually Reopen Society

Prevent Epidemics April 17, 2020

As states roll out plans to gradually re-open society,Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of global health organization Vital Strategies, today released a detailed report outlining critical actions governments and society must commit to – and invest in – to get ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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