CDC science agenda for COVID-19
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CDC science agenda for COVID-19

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      Updated Mar. 19, 2021

      The COVID-19 pandemic is a formidable global public health challenge. Since the initial emergence of a novel coronavirus in late 2019, the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has been unrelenting, impacting nearly every aspect of society worldwide. The pandemic has required a substantial response by public health authorities at all levels.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is at the forefront of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a respected source of data and information used by public health, medical, and policy decision makers on a wide range of issues. From the beginning of the pandemic, CDC has been working with a wide array of partners to advance understanding of COVID-19. These efforts have focused on surveillance; epidemiologic investigations; mathematical modeling; development of laboratory diagnostics; protection of patients and workers; community mitigation strategies; and communications.

      The CDC Science Agenda for COVID-19 builds on CDC’s ongoing pandemic-related work. It articulates key areas of scientific inquiry and opportunities which chart a course for CDC, working with its partners, over a three-year period. Importantly, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored long-standing health disparities and inequities in the United States. Data-driven strategies are essential to address these disparities and improve the health outcomes of people disproportionately affected by COVID-19.1 The work set out in The CDC Science Agenda for COVID-19 is predicated on the use of culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches and methods and inclusion of populations at increased risk for health disparities and inequities to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 in these communities.

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      Introduction -- Priority Area I. COVID-19 Disease Detection, Burden, And Impact -- Priority Area II. Transmission of SARS-Cov-2 -- Priority Area III. Natural History of SARS-Cov-2 Infection -- Priority Area IV. Protection in Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Work Settings -- Priority Area V. Prevention, Mitigation, and Intervention Strategies -- Priority Area VI. Social, Behavioral, And Communication Science -- Priority Science Questions (updated March 2021).
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