How does COVID-19 spread?

Health experts are still learning more about the spread. Currently it is thought to spread: through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), or by touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

There is increasing evidence that transmission of the virus can occur as early as three days before people develop symptoms, via respiratory droplets expelled not just in coughs or sneezes but also through activities like talking or singing.

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1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. How severe is COVID-19?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. When do I seek medical evaluation and advice?
6. How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
7. How is COVID-19 treated?
8. I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What do I do?
9. Should I wear a face mask in public?
10. Who should get tested?
11. What has changed about testing availability?
12. Where can I get tested?
13. Can individuals visit Placer County Public Health and test for coronavirus?
14. I do not have health insurance and do not have a doctor. If I think I have contracted COVID-19, what do I do?
15. What is a quarantine and why is it used?
16. Is quarantine different from isolation?
17. How does self-quarantine work?
18. Can people in self-quarantine still have contact with their household members?
19. What is the current situation in California and Placer County?
20. What can I do to prepare for COVID-19?
21. What is Public Health recommending to help contain the spread of COVID-19?
22. Can you tell me more about what areas to avoid?
23. What should I do if someone known to be exposed with coronavirus visits our facility?
24. Where can I get an antibody test?
25. How can I contribute to help those impacted by COVID-19?
26. How can I access food, mental health, unemployment or other resources?