Public Health Matters Blog Posts

Must-Haves for Your First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit and supplies.

First-aid kits are nothing new. They go back over 100 years to when, as the story goes, Robert Wood Johnson debuted the first-aid cabinet in 1888.(1) First-aid kits have changed over the years, but they are as useful as ever. They make it possible for ordinary people to be the help until professional help arrives. Read More >

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Volunteers Prepare for Another Season of Disaster Response, Relief Work

A woman in a mask shakes the paw of a dog in a cage.

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. American Red Cross volunteer Gaenor Speed Read More >

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

A young girl wearing sunglasses on the beach.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is also a time of year when people must prepare for severe weather. April, May, and June are peak months for tornadoes in many states. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Emergencies come in all sizes and affect people in different ways. All emergencies require Read More >

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Treating TB During an Emergency

Man on phone with doctor

March 24 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB in the United States and around the world. Tuberculous (TB) has had several names over many millennia. Ancient Greeks called it “phthisis.” Ancient Romans named it “tabes.” TB was commonly called “consumption” in Read More >

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Other Diseases Did Not Rest During COVID-19

Protecting Health in 2020. NCEZID Progress Report.

The COVID-19 response is the largest in CDC history. But the virus that causes COVID-19 wasn’t the only infectious disease that CDC responded to last year. Diseases like those caused by the Marburg virus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria didn’t go away because of the pandemic. The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) deployed Read More >

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Stay Informed: How Scales Help Us Describe Disasters

Palm trees bending in strong winds.

Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was record-breaking. There were 30 named storms during the 2020 season. Thirteen of those became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater). Six of those reached Category 3 or higher.(1) Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Other scales are used by experts to explain and describe Read More >

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