Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”). Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
COVID-19: Myths Versus Facts