COVID-19 is the common name for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It was originally identified in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China and has spread around the globe. COVID-19 is a part of the coronavirus family of viruses which cause a series of respiratory illnesses. Like most respiratory illnesses, COVID-19 spreads through the droplets that one projects out of their mouth or nose.
As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
It is important that we all do our part to prevent the emergence of a "twindemic." :
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer.
- Stay home when sick.
- Get a yearly flu shot. (It’s never too late!)
- Stay informed. You can get coronavirus updates and information on the CDC COVID-19 main page.
The same things that are used to prevent the spread of the flu are also those that prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For more information, including flu prevention techniques, please review the Maryland Department of Health’s Influenza Fact Sheet.