How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is spread:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Person-to-person - the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
  • Spread from contact with infected 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
  • 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

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1. What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
2. How is COVID-19 spread?
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
4. How can I help protect myself?