As more coronavirus cases continue to arise through the state, country and world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
According to the CDC, coronavirus, or COVID-19, is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, whether that's by people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes.
Who is at risk of getting COVID-19?
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19, however, older adults and those with severe, chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing more complications from COVID-19.
How can I protect myself and others from the coronavirus?
The CDC says these are the best ways to protect yourself and others:
- Clean your hands often: Wash your hands often with soaps and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you're sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Do masks help protect against the coronavirus?
The CDC said facemask should be worn by people who are already sick. If you are already sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people and before entering a healthcare provider's office. Facemasks should not be worn by people who are not sick unless they are caring for someone who is (and are unable to wear a facemask of their own).
The CDC said facemasks may be in short supply and need to be saved for caregivers.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
While symptoms vary person to person, the CDC said that patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness.
Symptoms also include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
If you believe you have symptoms of the coronavirus, contact a healthcare provider immediately. To see what the CDC said you should do, click here.