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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 9, 2020

Homeless Shelters Face High COVID-19 Risks

JAMA. 2020;323(22):2240. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8854

The CDC has recommended steps that homeless shelters should take to prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission after studying outbreaks at several facilities across the United States.

Among the US shelters that accommodate an estimated 1.4 million individuals annually, recent CDC investigations have shown that transmission is prevalent at some facilities but may occur undetected in others.

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