Here are the facts:
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
- Most people infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.
- Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
- The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.
How does COVID-19 spread?
- 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
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are believed to be the most contagious when they are the sickest
- Some spread is possible before people show symptoms; this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads
- There are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. There are clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
- Tune in to our COVID-19 Updates Page to stay up-to-date on resources and instructions.
- Additionally, visit cdc.gov to learn more.