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.