About COVID-19

January 1, 1970

How does COVID-19 spread? 

The virus is airborne, which means it spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing and simply talking. It can be spread through contact with infected surfaces or objects, as well. 


How do I prevent it from spreading? 

Avoid sick people. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and wash them often. Stay updated with recommendations here


What are the symptoms? 

The most common symptoms are: 

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea 
  • (Symptoms may include others)


How long before symptoms appear? 

After exposure, symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days.


Can COVID-19 live on surfaces?

Yes. The best way to kill germs is by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces with household cleaning sprays or wipes.

Originally published Jan 1, 1970 12:00:00 AM.