COVID-19 is a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person (a) who are in close contact with one another – within about 6 feet and (b) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus is spread. The healthcare and medical communities continue to learn more about the virus and provide the public with updated information.
Below is a link to CDC that provides a flyer entitled “What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others”.