The Facts

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.
  • COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
  • COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
  • You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19.
  • You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
  • Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
  • Viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups.

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