Coronavirus 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.
The CDC recommends you take these steps to lower your risk of getting sick.
1. Wash your hands often
Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. Put distance between yourself and others
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
3. Stay home if you’re sick
Don’t leave home except to get medical care. If you have severe symptoms, call 911.
4. Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and clean your hands.
5. Only wear a face mask if you’re sick or caring for someone who is
You should wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
These are things like countertops, doorknobs, light switches, phones and keyboards.
Older adults, people over 60, and those who have severe chronic medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for more serious illness from COVID-19.
This group should consult with their health care provider about additional steps to stay protected.