The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new tool that can help you stay safe against the novel coronavirus.
- The tool — called the “COVID-19 County Check” — allows you to find community COVID-19 transmission levels and prevention steps by each county.
Why this matters: The new CDC tool makes it easier for you to assess whether or not you should mask up, quarantine or avoid social settings in this new phase of the pandemic.
How it works: Visit the CDC’s website to find the new tool.
- Pick your state.
- Pick your county.
- Hit go.
- From there, you’ll see details about your state’s and county’s COVID-19 transmission rates.
Utah and Salt Lake County: I used the tool to see Salt Lake County’s risk level right now. The CDC tool listed it as “medium.”
- “If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions,” the CDC page said.
- The page advises people to get their recent round of COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms.
The bottom line: The new tool can help people discover the COVID-19 risk in their own areas, keeping them safe from the novel coronavirus.