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    How COVID-19 Spreads


    Updated May 7, 2021
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    COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

    Types of Spread


    COVID-19 is spread in three main ways
    1. Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
    2. Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
    3. Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.
    Protect yourself and others


    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Protect yourself and others from all ways COVID-19 spreads by taking these prevention actions:
    Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and others.

    How COVID-19 Spreads


    Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms.
    Breathing in air with small droplets or particles that contain the virus when people are less than 6 feet apart Common
    • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can
    • Wear a mask
    • Stay 6 feet apart
    • Avoid crowds
    • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor places
    Breathing in air with small droplets or particles that contain the virus when people are far apart or have been in the same enclosed space for more than a few minutes Uncommon
    • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can
    • Wear a mask
    • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor places
    By having small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially from coughs and sneezes that create sprays and splashes Common
    • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can
    • Wear a mask
    • Stay 6 feet apart
    Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them Uncommon
    • Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can
    • Wear a mask
    • Wash your hands
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing hands
    COVID-19 and animals


    COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. Pet cats and dogs can sometimes become infected after close contact with people with COVID-19. Learn what you should do if you have pets.

    Reinfection


    Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported, but remain rare?.? CDC is actively working to learn more about reinfection to inform public health action.

    More Information
    Last Updated May 7, 2021


    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...d-spreads.html
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