Exposure and prevention
Exposure and Infection
- COVID-19 is mostly spread through contact with an infected individual or their bodily fluids. Examples include shaking their hand, hugging, touching a surface with
their germs, etc.
- Touching your eyes, face, or mouth after contact with an infected individual or their bodily fluids puts you an very high risk of becoming infected yourself
- An infected person does not always show signs of illness. The incubation period of COVID-19 is approximately 14 days. Meaning the individual could be
contagious at any point within those 2 weeks and while they are showing symptoms.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and as often as possible with soap and water
If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Do not touch your face
Especially your mouth, nose, and eyes
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces often
Examples include pin pad, keyboards, door handles, counter tops, restroom fixtures, handrails, etc.
Then wash your hands for good measure
- Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who you think may be infected - often referred to as social distancing
The 6 feet distance is derived from the typical distance an individual’s fluids travel when they sneeze or cough
Resources for further information
Information on COVID-19 spreading, preventing, and what to do if you are sick, please visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine website:
Informational Posters for your use from the CDC:
Informational Poster from Johns Hopkins Medicine: