How COVID-19 Spreads

How COVID-19 Spreads

This is the latest Texas Dept of Health and CDC 04/02/2020

How COVID-19 Spreads

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COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from
person-to-person without stopping.

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
  • Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

 

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to- person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be
able to spread virus.



Effective March 24, 2021
1. Non Covid patient’s may have visitors listed on their chart. Only 1 visitor may visit at a time. Visitors must be named and listed upon admission.
2. Covid patient’s will continue to not have any visitors unless they are on Hospice/End of life – comfort care.
3. ER patient’s will continue to have no visitors unless – they are a minor under the age of 18. Minors may have 1 Parent or Guardian visit at a time.

If you have any of the following conditions, please call your provider for an appointment:
  • Fever, cough and/or shortness of breath
  • In the last 14 days, you have traveled to an area where COVID-19 is widespread
  • In the last 14 days, you have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed positive of COVID-19 or someone who is under quarantine for suspected COVID-19

If you have any of the conditions and need to see a provider, call North Runnels Clinic at 325-754-1317 and a provider will see you through the drive through area.

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