In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and scientific studies from some of the top minds in the United States. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic, we are highlighting some of the most current and informative COVID-related studies included in their weekly reports. 

Here are some articles you may have missed from Volume 70, Issues 3-5 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series.

February 5, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 5 Featured Article:  

Demographic Characteristics of Persons Vaccinated During the First Month of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program — United States, December 14, 2020-January 14, 2021″ 

Approximately 13,000,000 people received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first month of distribution in the US. Demographic data reveals that 63% of those vaccinated were women, 55% were over age 50, and roughly 60% were white.  

January 29, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 4 Featured Article:  

“Response to a COVID-19 Outbreak on a University Campus — Indiana, August 2020” 

This report discusses how an Indiana University was able to implement aggressive testing, tracing, and isolation; and enhance data collection and communication to cut down on a surge of COVID-19 cases and resume in-person instruction as quickly as possible.

January 22, 2021/ Volume 70 No. 3 Featured Article:  

“COVID-19 Trends Among Persons Aged 0-24 Years — United States, March 1-December 12, 2020” 

This study tracks COVID-19 cases in children, adolescents, and young adults across the US. Findings reveal that there has been an increase in such cases since summer 2020, with the highest rates during the final week of the review period (the week of December 6) in all age groups.  


For more information, visit our Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Special Collection or our In Focus: 2019 Novel Coronavirus collection. You can also find pandemic-related resources in our HSDL Featured Topics on Pandemics and Epidemics. Please note that an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources. 

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