How does COVID-19 spread?

Current understanding about how COVID-19 spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. COVID-19 can spread:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs).

A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Surface or object exposure is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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1. I think I have COVID-19, what should I do?
2. Where can I go to be tested?
3. How does COVID-19 spread?
4. How can I help protect myself?
5. Should I wear a face mask?
6. Do I need to wear a mask when I am dining in a restaurant?
7. Am I required to wear a mask or face covering if I have health issues that make it difficult for me to wear one?
8. If I want to report a violation, whom should I call?
9. What qualifies as a sanitation station?
10. What cleaning measures does the City of McKinney take for COVID-19?
11. I want to donate goods to help my community, where do I start?
12. How will these measures be enforced?