How does it spread?

Although the virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in Hubei province and other parts of China. In the U.S., spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date.

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1. What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
2. What are the symptoms?
3. How does it spread?
4. How is it treated?
5. How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
6. How can I protect myself and my family?
7. Do I need to wear a mask?
8. What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
9. What if I recently traveled to China?
10. What should I do if I think that I (or someone in my family) might have COVID-19?
11. What is the Florida Department of Health Doing to address COVID-19?
12. Who do I call if I have question about COVID-19?
13. How do I Report Price Gouging?