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Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Information taken from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses. Information taken from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. As a reminder, the Auburn Board of Health always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Information taken from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Information taken from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html