The thing to know about COVID-19 is that this is something we must take seriously. People are dying and this virus is spreading fast. You must wash your hands for more than 20 seconds as often as possible. Stay at home if possible. Cough into your elbow or a tissue. Avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people. Avoid ibuprofen. Don’t shake hands. Tell your friends and loved ones to stay home and comply. We understand that social distancing is hard. We know some people have jobs that aren’t allowing them to stay home. However, a lot of people can get sick if people do not take it serious. Think about the elders and people with compromised systems. They are the ones most at risk. This virus does not discriminate based of sex, gender, or race, and can compromise anyone.
So some medical things to know here:
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.
The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also 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, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
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COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
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 eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sun light and humidity. Social distancing helps limit contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces.
Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.