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About COVID-19

About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States, including Florida. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have the virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also 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, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, visit the the Centers for Disease Control website and the Florida Department of Health's website or click on the fact sheets below.

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet- English _

CDC COVID-19 Hoja de Hechos- Español