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COVID-19 Emergency Phase Ends

On May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization declared the end of the global COVID-19 public health emergency. On May 11, 2023, the U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration expired.

With the emergency phase over, efforts shift from emergency response to managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic alongside other infectious diseases. 

While the emergency response has ended, there are no changes to the way we can protect ourselves from COVID-19. You still can slow the spread using layered strategies. No single strategy is perfect at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Use as many multiple (overlapping) layers of protection as you can–stay up-to-date with vaccines (including boosters), get tested, and stay home when you’re sick.

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