This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). [CDC Image - Photo Credit: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM]

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What the Department of State Is Doing

The Department of State is taking decisive action to inform and safeguard U.S. citizens overseas, protect the homeland, advance the Administration’s commitment to building global health security capacity for this and future outbreaks, and reduce the impact for U.S. companies and supply chains overseas.

Travel Advisories

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Learn More

All State Department Travel Advisories

Bringing Americans Home

The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. The U.S. Government has no higher priority than the protection of American citizens. The State Department has launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every corner of the globe and has repatriated thousands of Americans from multiple countries. Our teams, working around-the-clock in Washington and overseas, will bring home thousands more in the coming days, from every region of the world.

State Department Repatriation Statistics

International Aid

At President Trump’s direction, the Administration is deploying the full range of U.S. resources to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 not just at home, but also across the globe:

  • The United States is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds to assist affected and at-risk countries to contain and combat the virus.
  • USAID has already committed $37 million in assistance and protective equipment for more than 25 countries around the world.
  • Additionally, the United States has offered to provide humanitarian assistance and medical supplies to the Iranian people, who, as of March 3, have suffered from the largest number of deaths outside of the PRC.

The U.S. Department of State has facilitated the delivery of medical supplies internationally to stem the spread of the disease, including transport of 17.8 tons of donated relief supplies to Hubei province in China. This assistance helps protect U.S citizens by containing the spread of COVID-19.

The State Department Team is Working Tirelessly to Address the Outbreak.

On December 31, 2019, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of pneumonia cases of an unknown origin in Wuhan, China. The outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus — designated COVID-19 — was identified and subsequently declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the WHO. On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s health care community in responding to COVID-19.

The Department of State is taking decisive action to inform and safeguard U.S. citizens overseas, protect the homeland, advance the Administration’s commitment to building global health security capacity for this and future outbreaks, and reduce the impact for U.S. companies and supply chains overseas.

This page provides public statements, testimony, and resources from the Department of State relating to COVID-19. U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas can access the Department’s Travel Advisories and country-specific information at the travel.state.gov website, and additional detailed information on COVID-19 can be accessed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) portal here.

At President Trump’s direction, the Administration is deploying the full range of U.S. resources to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 not just at home, but also across the globe. In today’s globally interconnected world, the emergence of an infectious disease anywhere can represent a threat to public health everywhere. Our national security and domestic economic prosperity require robust investment in global health security. The State Department and the whole of the U.S. Government are focused on maximum transparency and ensuring that all necessary information available, particularly that of the medical experts and professionals of the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is utilized to the benefit of the American people.

Our team here in Washington — and at our embassies and consulates across the globe — is working tirelessly to address the outbreak:

Protecting the Homeland

The Department’s priority is protecting the United States and slowing the spread of the virus. We’ve implemented prudent travel restrictions, in conjunction with our interagency partners, for individuals who have been present in areas deemed high-risk by U.S. health authorities. To help protect U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad, we continually update our country-specific Travel Advisories and issue timely Alerts to keep U.S. citizen travelers informed and safe.

Engaging with Partners and Allies

The Department is actively working with international partners and governments to combat the spread of the outbreak. Reaffirming the centrality of diplomacy every step of the way, we have remained in close communication and tight coordination with affected countries as the U.S. Government implements necessary travel restrictions or issues advisory updates to ensure bilateral relations remain strong in the face of prudent and robust public health measures. The U.S. Government has briefed more than 100 officials from more than 70 nations. We are also working with international public and private sector partners, including the WHO, to rapidly enhance our knowledge of the virus, inform our public health decisions, and accelerate the research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Assisting U.S. Citizens Across the World

We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad. Across the globe, our team has worked around the clock to assist U.S. citizens overseas who have found themselves in harm’s way. In an extraordinary effort, we evacuated over 1,100 people to the United States in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in close coordination with CDC and HHS public health experts. Such repatriation flights do not reflect our standard practice and we continue to recommend U.S. citizens use commercial travel options and follow the advice of local authorities. We will continue working with our international partners to combat the outbreak, provide assistance to those who remain overseas, and minimize the risks to our citizens around the world.

Keeping U.S. Citizen Travelers Informed

The Department is working tirelessly to provide U.S. travelers with timely, accurate information regarding this rapidly evolving situation. The Department uses a wide range of tools, including Travel Advisories and Alerts, to communicate clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information that helps U.S. citizens make informed decisions about travel overseas. We have issued numerous Travel Advisories and Alerts in recent weeks to advise U.S. citizen travelers on conditions in different countries. Every U.S. Embassy and Consulate has also updated its website so that U.S. citizens in every country around the globe have access to the latest information on COVID-19. We will continue to update this information frequently, and encourage U.S. citizens to read our latest Travel Advisories in their entirety and to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov) to receive further updates.

Supporting the U.S. Government Response

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun leads the U.S. Department of State efforts on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which coordinates and oversees the Administration’s efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus. Experts from across the Department have been mobilized through the Coronavirus Global Response Coordination Unit (CGRCU) to leverage a wide array of bilateral, multilateral, and private-sector stakeholders and partners for synchronized consular, diplomatic, economic, and regional response.

Our Global Health Leadership

The White House has appointed world-renowned global health official and physician Ambassador Deborah Birx to the Office of the Vice President to aid in the whole of government response to COVID-19 as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator. Dr. Birx is especially well-equipped for this role, given her years of experience leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS as head of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Helping Affected Countries

We’ve facilitated the delivery of vast amounts of medical supplies to the Chinese people and internationally to stem the spread of the disease. The Department helped transport 17.8 tons of donated relief supplies to Hubei province. In addition, the United States is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds to assist affected and at-risk countries to contain and combat the virus. USAID has already committed $37 million in assistance, and protective equipment for more than 25 countries around the world. Additionally, the United States has offered to provide humanitarian assistance and medical supplies to the Iranian people, who, as of March 3, have suffered from the largest number of deaths outside of the PRC. The Department and USAID continue to evaluate and respond to requests for aid from across the globe as nations come to America for assistance and leadership. This commitment — along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector — signals strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak. This vital equipment and assistance helps protect U.S citizens by containing the spread of COVID-19, builds long-standing partnerships, and demonstrates America’s resolve in the global community.

Supporting the Department’s Workforce and Preparing Our Employees

The safety and security of our workforce is among the Department’s foremost priorities. The Department has issued interim guidance on leave and workplace flexibilities for employees on ordered or authorized departure and will update such guidance as necessary. As a prudential measure, the Department has asked overseas posts to convene their respective Emergency Action Committees (EACs) to ensure post preparedness. The Bureau of Medical Services follows CDC and WHO recommendations regarding prevention, diagnosis, isolation, and treatment for all infectious diseases.

Building Global Health Security for the Front Line

The Department shares a global interest in preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats at their source. The Department continues to promote the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and coordinate implementation of activities that help strengthen laboratories and diagnostics, equip front-line workers with needed tools, protect populations against emerging outbreaks, including this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and much more. These partnerships have laid foundations to rapidly and effectively prepare for emerging threats, including COVID-19. U.S. global health security investments are one of the most effective ways of saving lives and protecting U.S. citizens from global pandemics and the spread of pathogens.

Mitigating International Impacts to U.S. Businesses

The White House, the Department, and other U.S. Government agencies are coordinating to provide U.S. businesses and employers with information about COVID-19. The Administration is monitoring the possible effects of COVID-19 on supply chains, in addition to convening pharmaceutical company leaders on the supply chain challenges that may impact the United States.

Promoting Transparency

The United States remains deeply concerned by information indicating that some government regimes may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak and, given the implications to public health, continues to reiterate that all countries should transparently share information and cooperate with relevant international public health and aid organizations.

Public Statements, Transcripts, and Congressional Testimony

March 27, 2020
Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad
U.S. Department of State

March 27, 2020
Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center On Disinformation and Propaganda Related to COVID-19
U.S. Department of State

March 27, 2020
The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19
U.S. Department of State

March 27, 2020
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate
White House

March 27, 2020
Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R.748, The CARES Act
White House

March 27, 2020
Bill Announcement
White House

March 27, 2020
Statement by the President
White House

March 27, 2020
EO on Delegating Additional Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
White House

March 27, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Is Providing Economic Relief to American Workers, Families, and Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus
White House

March 27, 2020
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations 2020 Industry Advisory Group Annual Meeting Postponement
U.S. Department of State

March 26, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 26, 2020
Briefing With USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson On U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to COVID-19
U.S. Department of State

March 26, 2020
U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. Department of State

March 26, 2020
Joint Statement of Special Presidential Envoy Richard Grenell, Ambassador Philip Kosnett, and Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer on Kosovo
U.S. Department of State

March 25, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 25, 2020
Briefing On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad
U.S. Department of State

March 25, 2020
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability
U.S. Department of State

March 25, 2020
Release of Arbitrarily Detained Civilians and U.S. Citizens in Syria to Avert COVID-19 Spread
U.S. Department of State

March 24, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall
White House

March 24, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 24, 2020
Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Updates on State Department’s Response to COVID-19
U.S. Department of State

March 24, 2020
Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall
White House

March 24, 2020
Department of State’s Global Effort To Bring Americans Home
U.S. Department of State

March 23, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 23, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Will Not Tolerate the Price Gouging and Hoarding of Critical Supplies Needed To Combat the Coronavirus
White House

March 23, 2020
Executive Order on Preventing Hoarding of Health and Medical Resources To Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
White House

March 23, 2020
Iran: COVID-19 Disinformation Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of State

March 23, 2020
Readout from the Vice President’s Video Teleconference with Governors on the Partnership to Prepare, Mitigate and Respond to COVID-19
White House

March 23, 2020
Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Press Gaggle
White House

March 23, 2020
Remarks by Vice President Pence Before a Video Teleconference with Governors on Partnership to Prepare, Mitigate, and Respond to COVID-19
White House

March 23, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Supporting Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus
White House

March 23, 2020
Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad
U.S. Department of State

March 23, 2020
White House Announces New Partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources to Fight COVID-19
White House

March 23, 2020
Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk
Michael R. Pompeo | U.S. Department of State

March 22, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 22, 2020
Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19
White House

March 21, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 20, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 20, 2020
President Trump Announces More Actions to Confront Global Pandemic
White House

March 20, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Necessary Safety Measures at the Border to Prevent Further Spread of the Coronavirus
White House

March 19, 2020
Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Video Teleconference with Governors on COVID-19
White House

March 19, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 18, 2020
Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response
White House

March 18, 2020
Together, America Will Prevail
White House

March 18, 2020
White House Announces Partnership with Ad Council, Major Media Networks, and Digital Platforms for COVID-19 Messages
White House

March 18, 2020
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
White House

March 18, 2020
Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of Covid-19
White House

March 18, 2020
We Need the American People’s Help to Fight Coronavirus Now
Michael R. Pence | White House

March 17, 2020
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press
Michael R. Pompeo | U.S. Department of State

March 17, 2020
Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Tourism Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response
White House

March 17, 2020
24 Hours of All-American Teamwork
White House

March 17, 2020
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn: “Be Wary of Anyone Claiming They Can Cure COVID-19. Talk to Your Doctor.”
White House

March 16, 2020
15 Days To Slow the Spread
White House

March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Guidelines for America
White House

March 16, 2020
Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset
White House

March 16, 2020
G7 Leaders’ Statement
White House

March 14, 2020
Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts
White House

March 14, 2020
Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus
White House

March 13, 2020
Letter from President Donald J. Trump on Emergency Determination Under the Stafford Act
White House

March 13, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Has Mobilized the Full Resources of the Federal Government to Respond to the Coronavirus
White House

March 13, 2020
Memorandum on Expanding State-Approved Diagnostic Tests
White House

March 13, 2020
Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
White House

March 12, 2020
Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19
Office of the Spokesperson | U.S. Department of State

March 11, 2020
President Donald J. Trump Has Taken Unprecedented Steps To Respond To The Coronavirus And Protect The Health And Safety Of Americans
White House

March 11, 2020
Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation
White House

March 11, 2020
Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus
White House

March 11, 2020
G7 Ministerial to be Hosted Virtually
Michael R. Pompeo | U.S. Department of State

March 10, 2020
Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at a Coronavirus Briefing with Health Insurers
White House

 March 7, 2020
Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Coronavirus Briefing with Cruise Line Executives and Port Directors
White House

 March 2, 2020
Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on the Commitment of $37 Million in Assistance To Respond to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
U.S. Agency for International Development

 February 27, 2020
Vice President Pence Announces Ambassador Debbie Birx To Serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator
White House

 February 17, 2020
Joint Statement by U.S. Department of State and HHS on Repatriation of American Passengers From the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
U.S. Department of State

February 15, 2020
Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus
Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus | U.S. Department of State

February 8, 2020
Evacuation of Americans From Wuhan, China
Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus | U.S. Department of State

February 7, 2020
The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus
Michael R. Pompeo | U.S. Department of State

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