How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.What we do know is that the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.

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.

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 how this virus spreads.

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1. I don’t have a primary care doctor. Who should I call to be screened?
2. I’m sick. What should I do? What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
4. How soon after exposure do symptoms start?
5. Is there a vaccine?
6. Is there treatment?
7. I think I have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
8. If a person gets the virus and recovers, can they get it a second time?
9. When can someone resume normal activities after having symptoms of COVID-19?
10. Can mosquitoes or ticks spread COVID-19?
11. I don't have a mask. Where can I get one?
12. What does “enclosed public space” mean regarding where to wear a mask?