COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness. The virus can be easily spread from person-to-person or by touching infected surfaces. Once an individual touches their eyes, nose, or mouth after interacting with an infected person or touching an infected object, they may contract the virus.
Current research shows that COVID-19 can last on surfaces for hours to days, depending on the type of material. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC recommends that surfaces such as doorknobs, faucets, sinks, light switches, handles, tables, and other frequently touched surfaces should be regularly cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface. In addition, when you go out in public, the use of face masks is highly recommended to keep you safe and protect others around you.
When you go out in public, the use of face masks is highly recommended to keep you safe and protect others around you. In addition, using hand sanitizer frequently after touching surfaces in public will help prevent the spread of germs. Many grocery stores are wiping down the handles of shopping carts and have social distancing measures in place to prevent close contact with others while shopping.
If you are feeling sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home and to call your doctor before going into the doctor's office. This is recommended to reduce your exposure to the virus if other infected individuals are in the doctor's office. Your doctor will advise you on local places where you may receive a COVID-19 test.
If you do not have access to hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends frequently washing your hands for 20 seconds at a time with soap and warm water. Washing your hands, especially after going to a grocery store or being around others, is the best way to reduce the spread of germs.