The Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Feb 25, 2020 | Health Highlights, News

What is the coronavirus disease?

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a virus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 spread?

It is not clear yet how easily coronavirus spreads from person-to-person. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

How can I protect myself and others?

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick from viral respiratory infections, and help prevent transmitting infections to others, including:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces
  • Staying home in you are sick

To learn more about COVID-19 visit:

NH State Summary

CDC Situation Summary

CDC Frequently Asked Questions