COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States and worldwide.
Coronavirus Cases: 986,373
Ministry of Health | Republic of Uganda
Research on Virus & Vaccine
Vaccines to halt the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to be tested in humans, but experts caution they're still months away.
COVID-19, the potentially fatal respiratory illness first detected in December 2019, has spread across the globe, , postponing sports seasons and . As health authorities and governments attempt to slow the spread, researchers are focusing their attention on the coronavirus that causes the disease: SARS-CoV-2
Since it was first discovered as the causative agent of the new disease, scientists have been racing to get a better understanding of the virus' genetic makeup, how it infects cells and how to effectively treat it. Currently there's no cure and medical specialists can only treat the symptoms of the disease. However, the long-term strategy to combat COVID-19, which has spread to every continent on Earth besides Antarctica, will be to develop a vaccine.
Developing new vaccines takes time and they must be rigorously tested and confirmed safe via clinical trials before they can be routinely used in humans.