How It Spreads
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses like the common cold. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus respiratory infection that has the potential to cause serious illness. This infection started in China and continues to involve other countries including the United States. It has continued to pass from person to person and could eventually include our community.
COVID-19 is typically spread through close contact and in small droplets created by coughing and sneezing, which can be inhaled or come in contact with the eye. The virus appears to be able to stay on objects such as doorknobs and surfaces, and may be carried to the nose or eyes after touching the surfaces, then touching our own faces. Frequent handwashing, avoiding close contact (i.e. not shaking hands), and cleaning of surfaces can go a long way in helping to prevent the spread of infection.
Practicing good hand hygiene is one of the best defenses against COVID-19. Dr. Jonathan Shultz with St. Luke's Regional Trauma Center gives some helpful tips on how and when to wash your hands.