Coronavirus Disease 2019
- 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.