How does COVID-19 Spread?
- Primarily between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
- From respiratory droplets when someone who has the disease coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in mouths, noses, or be inhaled into the lungs of nearby people.
- COVID-19 may be spread by touching surfaces that have the virus on it, though the CDC cautions that we are still learning about this. It is not thought to be the main way the disease spreads.
Your safest choice is to stay home. The more you go out, the more you expose yourself and others to COVID-19.
Practice personal hygiene
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you don’t have soap or water, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash or sanitize your hands afterward.
- If you leave your home to work, consider washing your clothes and changing your shoes after each shift.
Going out? Keep your distance and wear a face covering
If you leave your home, stay 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you.
Wear a face covering when you are within 6 feet of someone who doesn’t live with you. This includes any time you are outside, shopping, walking, or getting healthcare. A facial covering:
- Can be a fabric mask, scarf, bandana, T-shirt, sweatshirt, or towel.
- Should be multiple layers and fit snugly.
- Can be homemade of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen.
How do I stay safe while driving with others?
Before Getting into Vehicle
- If you feel sick, stay at home
- Wash or sanitize your hands
- Wear a face covering
While in the Vehicle
- Open the windows
- Always wear a face covering
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
While at Work
- Wash your hands frequently
- Always stay 6 feet away from others
- Wear a face covering
- Don’t share food or drink
Clean your home regularly
Every day, clean all surfaces that people touch often, such as:
- Bathroom fixtures
Immediately clean any surfaces that have bodily fluids on them, like blood or feces.
You can use most household cleaning sprays or wipes. Follow the instructions on your cleaning products.
Animals and Pets
It appears the COVID-19 virus can spread from people to animals, but the number of pets infected is small. The risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.
Monitor Your Health
Get tested if:
- You have a fever over 100.4° Fahrenheit or 38.0° Celsius
- You’re shivering
- You have a cough
- It’s hard to breathe
- You feel tired or sore
- You can’t smell or taste anything
- Your throat hurts
- Your head hurts
- You have a runny or stuffy nose
- You have diarrhea, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up