3 simple rules on how you can save the world from the virus:

  1. I stay at home.
  2. I wash my hands.
  3. When I’m outside, I wear a mask and keep distance.

1. The main mode of transmission appears to be droplet infection, i.e. when an infected person coughs sneezes or has a wet pronunciation.

2. Even though you do not have any symptoms, you can still have the virus and infect other people. This is especially true when you are young, because young people often do not even notice the disease. So a mask protects the others from you prophylactically.

3. Staying at home is the very best protection. But each of us has to go out sometime. And that’s when we can infect people or be infected ourselves. We can greatly reduce this risk by wearing a mask.

Above all, masks protect others from you. So if everybody wear a mask, everybody will be better protected.

Most importantly: wearing the DIY mask does not replace washing your hands, stay at home and keep your distance.

Change fabric mask as soon as it is damp and wash at least 60 degrees after each use or boil for 5 minutes.

Do not touch the mask when wearing it.

Change your mask as soon as it is wet and be sure to clean it after each use!

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.

Spread between animals and people

At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.

It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.

Protect yourself and others

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.

Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.

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