The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

About Coronavirus

The U.S. government has established 3 top-level websites for the latest official information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • coronavirus.gov is the primary portal for public information curated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House, working in conjunction with CDC, HHS and other agency stakeholders, and links to the appropriate Federal agency website as the authoritative source for that information as necessary.
  • cdc.gov/coronavirus provides the latest public health and safety information from the CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19. The site contains consumer and medical information on how the virus spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma, cases and what to do if you are sick, along with frequently asked questions.
  • usa.gov/coronavirus catalogs all U.S. government activities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and is also available in Spanish at https://www.usa.gov/espanol/coronavirus.

What the FCC is Doing

The FCC is working to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic and is also taking steps to protect the health and safety of its staff.

  • Keep Americans Connected Pledge: On March 13, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called on broadband and telephone service providers to promote connectivity for Americans impacted by the disruptions caused by the coronavirus. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he asked them to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.
    "As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruptions to the economic, educational, medical, and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay connected. Broadband will enable them to communicate with their loved ones and doctors, telework, ensure their children can engage in remote learning, and—importantly—take part in the 'social distancing' that will be so critical to limiting the spread of this novel coronavirus." – FCC Chairman Pai
    Learn more about the pledge and the companies and associations that have signed on.
  • COVID-19 Telehealth Program: On April 2, the FCC established a $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the pandemic. Congress appropriated the funds as part of the CARES Act. The Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services. To learn more about eligibility and to submit an application, visit fcc.gov/covid19telehealth.
  • Supporting Consumers: The FCC is working to keep Americans informed about the latest COVID-19 phone and text based scams. Learn more and hear scam audio. In addition, the FCC has issued a consumer alert that provides tips to consumers to help them optimize their home networks during the pandemic.
  • FCC Facilities: The FCC does not allow visitors into its facilities, absent special permission from the Office of Managing Director. No visitor will be granted such permission unless there is a clear operational necessity. This measure will remain in effect for the foreseeable future and is being taken to help protect the health and safety of our employees and mitigate or slow the transmission of COVID-19 within the community.
  • FCC Employees: As the FCC has continued to assess the situation and the latest guidance from the CDC, federal, state, and local authorities, the agency has decided to take an additional proactive and precautionary measure pursuant to 5 CFR § 550.409 and mandate telework beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, for all FCC employees, unless they are authorized to access an FCC facility to perform critical, mission essential functions that cannot be performed remotely. We take these steps while continuing to conduct the regular and ongoing work of the FCC. The FCC has also suspended until further notice non-critical FCC domestic and international travel. In addition, the Commission suspended until further notice any agency involvement in non-critical large gatherings. The Chairman's Office, in consultation with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, the Office of Managing Director, and Office of General Counsel, will continue to monitor COVID-19-related developments and will implement additional precautions should circumstances warrant.

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