How does COVID-19 spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, generally between people within 6 feet from one another. It also spreads through respiratory droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person. These droplets can reach the noses, mouths, or lungs of nearby people. It’s possible that the virus can spread from contact with infected surfaces, but this isn’t the main way the virus spreads.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
When is the disease most contagious?
Although some spread appears to be possible before people show symptoms, people with COVID-19 are the most contagious when they’re very sick. Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms. That’s why you should stay home if you believe you’re experiencing any virus-like symptoms.
What should I do if I feel sick or think I was exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19, or traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, contact your physician. Your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID‑19. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID‑19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it.