Prevention

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-Person

The 2019 Coronavirus has been known to primarily spread through person-to-person contact.

  • Through close contact. Those that carry the virus and come in contact with someone of 6 feet or less put that individual at risk for contracting the virus as well.

  • Coughing or sneezing. An uncovered cough can spread your germs 6 - 8 feet in the direction you cough. Droplets are carried in these coughs and sneezes that could potentially infect surfaces or objects. These droplets could then be picked up by a person within your vicinity causing them to inhale the virus into their lungs.

Contaminated Surfaces or Objects

Although it may not be the primary form of spread for COVID-19, it is still a health hazard. Someone is able to pick up the virus by touching there hand or mouth to an object that the virus had already contaminated. If the Coronavirus was to get into your eyes, mouth, or nose you will contract COViD-19

How to Protect Against Infection

Staying Clean

  • Wash your hands! If you are in any public area, going to the bathroom, recently coughed or sneezed, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to avoid picking up the virus or spreading it to others.

  • The average person will touch their face 15 times in an hour and most of the time, we don't even realize its happening. If your hands have not been cleaned, you must avoid touching your head to avoid contracting the virus.

  • Use hand sanitizer. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content and make sure to cover the entire surface of your hand. Once hand sanitizer is applied, rub your hands together until they feel completely dry.

  • Make sure your home is clean. If you are living with others, or have someone coming over, avoid the virus spreading by wiping down all surfaces on a regular basis with a disinfectant.

Avoiding Contact

  • Avoid coming in contact with those who are sick or may potentially be carrying the virus. If you are sick with COVID-19, protect others by not going out or coming in direct contact.

Wear A Mask

  • If you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection, wear a mask. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

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