The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has released an update to their website on how COVID-19 spreads. There are many things of notes in the update. This new information is key for individuals looking to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the information contained in the CDC update on how COVID-19 spreads:
- COVID-19 can be spread person to person when in close contact
- Spreads through droplets found when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.
- Droplets can be transferred by touch (someone touches a surface with a droplet then touches their mouth, nose or eyes).
- Droplets can linger in the air then breathed in by someone. It is unknown how long the droplet can remain in the air. Odds increase of this in an indoor space with poor ventilation.
- Odds of transmission increases when interacting in close range with someone infected with COVID-19. The longer the interaction, the more the chance of spread increases.
- Risk of COVID-19 transmission from animals to people is considered low.
- Best ways to protect yourself continues to be social distancing, mask wearing, washing/sanitizing your hands regularly, frequent cleaning of surfaces, good ventilation in indoor spaces and staying home if you are feeling sick.
The full CDC report can be seen HERE.