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Person-to-person spread

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 or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are
nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Spread from contact with contaminated 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, but this is not thought to be the main way the
virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some
viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other
viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is
sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably
in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

Keeping Safe

Patients with COVID-19 have
had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure 

People can help protect
themselves and others from COVID-19 by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
    hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20
    seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    if soap and water are not available.
  • Social Distancing. Keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and
    others. 
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Stay at home when possible. 
  • Wearing masks when you have to go out in public. 

If you are sick or
experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue
    in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Contact your primary care doctor about being tested. 

*If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your doctor prior to
going to their office or the ER. They will best direct you on how to keep
yourself /others safe and where to go to be tested.