How contagious is the virus?

Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:

  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

Novel coronavirus is new, and we continue learning more each day about how it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick. As information changes, we will keep you informed.

Do not assume that someone is at risk for novel coronavirus infection based on their race/ethnicity or country of origin.

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1. What is a coronavirus?
2. How contagious is the virus?
3. Where has the virus spread?
4. How worried should I be?
5. Are we working to contain the virus?
6. Has there been community transmission in the United States?
7. How do I keep myself and others safe?
8. How can I stay informed?
9. I am exhibiting symptoms like one would have with COVID019 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and may have been exposed. What should I do?
10. Who do I contact if I don't have a primary care physician or regular health care provider?
11. How does the coronavirus test work?
12. Can I get tested for the coronavirus?
13. I don't have any symptoms, but I think I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?
14. Are there medications should I keep on-hand?
15. Should public events be cancelled?
16. What does the California Shelter in Place order mean?
17. Who is considered as "essential workforce" during the California Shelter in Place Order?
18. What should I do if I have concerns about violations of the Stay-At-Home order?