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Groundhog's Guide to Health

Cleanliness Steps

About the coronavirus

  • SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, the disease.
  • Spread:
    • Thought to mainly occur from person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes (similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses).
    • People are most contagious when most symptomatic (sickest). • Spread may be possible when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their own mouth, nose, or their eyes, but this is not the main way.
    • Might be possible for people to spread before symptoms occur, but less likely.


  • Symptoms typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure (usually 5 days).
  • Symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath; occasionally sore throat, diarrhea, and general malaise.
  • Older adults and people with preexisting conditions are most at risk for severe illness. • Fatality rates estimated at 2.5-3% overall, primarily in older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
    • Note 97-98% of people recover, and ~ 80% have only a mild illness.
    • The fatality rate in people with no other medical conditions is <1%.
    • The fatality rate is lowest in people ≤ age 30.

Prevention of spread (applies to ANY viral illness)

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

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