COVID-19 vaccines have prevented many deaths and hospitalizations, but the illness is still a public health risk. COVID-19 was the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2022 and is still a leading cause of illness and death, particularly for the elderly and immunocompromised. 

In the same way that health experts track the flu and other common illnesses, these experts will continue to monitor COVID-19 and recommend measures to stay safe and healthy. 

CDC continues to advise the public to practice precautions such as receiving updated COVID-19 vaccines, using at-home rapid antigen tests if you’ve been exposed or have symptoms, staying home and isolating if you’re sick, and wearing a high-quality mask, as needed, when in public indoor areas.

Updated November 22, 2023