WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person through respiratory transmission and presents symptoms similar to influenza.
HOW DOES IT SPREAD
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very quickly and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- From touching surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
PROTECT YOURSELF and OTHERS
Keep in mind that by keeping yourself safe and avoiding the risks of contamination, you ARE also maintaining the people around you safe from you.
- Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Avoid touching your face
- Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19