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Traveling? This new risk-assessment tool provides a quick overview of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

If you’re thinking of traveling in the U.S. for the long weekend, take note of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation against traveling to an area where COVID-19 is spreading. 

To make this task quicker and easier, Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) has just launched its new risk-assessment map, an easy to read tool that gives you a quick overview of where COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is surging right now in the country.

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The map also allows you to also to look deeper, at the state or county level, to see how your community is faring during the pandemic.

The assessment is based upon the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people.

What the Colors Mean

Green: The community has less than one daily new case per 100,000 people. It indicates “on the path to containment.”

Yellow: Between one and nine cases per 100,000 people and signals some community spread.

Orange: Between 10 and 24 cases per 100,000 people. It signals that COVID-19 has an “accelerated spread.”

Red: A community that has 25 or more cases per 100,000 people. According to HGHI, this means it is at a tipping point and people should be under stay-at-home orders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to follow CDC guidelines such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, frequent hand washing, and staying home if sick, nomatter where they are traveling.

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