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.