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Here's how the coronavirus is spread

Since there is currently no vaccine or treatment, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — How can you protect yourself from the coronavirus? Since there is currently no vaccine or treatment, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person, mainly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) of each other.

The coronavirus is spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on the noses and mouths of over people, who then inhale them.

The CDC says it may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus, but surface transmission is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads.

As the virus was only discovered a few months ago, more research is needed to further determine the spread pattern of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends maintaining personal preventative actions:

  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
  • Not touching your eyes, mouth or nose, especially with unwashed hands
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Pet cats and dogs can test positive for low levels of coronavirus but researchers in Hong Kong said pets cannot pass the virus to humans.

The Centers for Disease Control said the novel coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019. The disease the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes is named "coronavirus disease 2019" and is abbreviated as COVID-19.