As COVID-19 continues to grow around the globe, the World Health Organization and the CDC want to ensure that the public has a realistic understanding of the illness. Staying informed helps prevent panic and lowers your risk of contracting the virus. Of course, one of the biggest questions everyone is asking, how exactly does coronavirus spread?
Person-to-Person Spread of COVID-19
The primary way that coronavirus is spread is from one person to another. The virus is found in respiratory droplets that come out when someone coughs or sneezes. If you’re within 6 foot of someone with coronavirus and those droplets enter your nose, mouth, eyes, or lungs, you have been exposed to the virus and will likely catch it.
Spread Through Surfaces
If an infected person has respiratory droplets on their hands and then touches a surface, that surface can then be touched by a healthy person, exposing them to the virus. Just touching an infected surface isn’t enough to get sick though, you have to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose for the virus to enter your system. This type of spread has occurred, but it isn’t as common as person-to-person spread.
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
Now that you know how the virus is spread, preventing it becomes easier. The best way to prevent coming into contact with the virus is to avoid contact with people. Try to keep a 6-foot distance between you and other people and avoid large gatherings of 50 people or more. When you can, stay home altogether to eliminate the risk entirely. Y
ou should also avoid touching your face and regularly wash your hands to minimize the risk of getting the virus from an indoor surface. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and encourage others to do the same.
Getting Tested and Treated for COVID-19
If you believe you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, you should self-quarantine for 14 days and look for symptoms. If you begin to feel short of breath, cough, or have a fever, you might have COVID-19. Don’t rush to the emergency room at the first sign of symptoms. As long as you’re able to breathe okay, stay home and contact a primary care provider or health department for further instruction.
If you need medical care for another reason, it’s best to avoid the emergency room since some infected people do go there rather than staying home. Opt for an urgent care center to get quick care and get back home to your safe and clean space!
In addition, AFC Urgent Care Burlington provides COVID-19 testing for patients that need immediate testing based on clinical guidelines! We have partnered with a third-party lab provider to administer and provide tests for patients. Just call us in advance for testing and screening!