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HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

     

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

     

HOW CAN I AVOID INFECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?

To avoid catching the virus, CDC recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You may also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as directed.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     

HOW CAN I AVOID SPREADING THE CORONAVIRUS?

Some recommendations include:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep children who are sick at home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You may also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as directed.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.