How are close contact and airborne transmission of COVID-19 similar?

How are close contact and airborne transmission of COVID-19 similar?

For both forms of COVID-19 disease transmission – close contact and airborne – it's respiratory droplets containing the virus that spread illness. Everyone produces respiratory droplets, which are tiny, moist particles that are expelled from the nose or mouth when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, sing or exhale deeply.

What personal protective equipment (PPE) is recommended when working with infected patients?

Recommended PPE includes facemasks, N95 respirators, eye protection, disposable medical gloves, and disposable gowns/one-piece coveralls.

Should I wear a mask when traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Should I use a surgical masks or N95 respirators to protect against COVID-19?

No. Surgical masks and N95s need to be reserved for use by health care workers, first responders, and other frontline workers whose jobs put them at much greater risk of acquiring COVID-19. The cloth face coverings recommended by CDC are not surgical masks or N95 respirators. Surgical masks and N95s are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by CDC.

How are face masks effective during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Masks absorb droplets when we sneeze or cough, but face shields do not. If you do choose to wear a face shield over a face mask, you will need to sanitize it frequently. Research has found that this virus likes to live on plastic a lot better than it lives on porous materials like cloth, paper or cardboard.

Can transmission of COVID-19 infections happen by touching a surface?

Surfaces can become contaminated with microorganisms and potential pathogens. However, many of these surfaces are generally not directly associated with transmission of infections to either healthcare workers or patients. The transfer of pathogens from environmental surfaces is largely due to hand contact with the surface (e.g., frequently touched surfaces). Touch contamination may lead to cross contamination of patient care items, other environmental surfaces, self-contamination, and possible infection after touching one’s face or mouth.

Can we reuse disposable surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The CDC does not recommend the reuse of disposable surgical masks that are intended to be used once. The FDA recognizes that there may be availability concerns with surgical masks during the COVID-19 public health emergency, but there are strategies to conserve surgical masks.

What should you do if you get sick with COVID-19?

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Are people with asthma more affected by the coronavirus disease?

People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person, typically through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.

How to sanitize my phone against virus causing COVID-19?

  • Unplug the device before cleaning.
  • Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with soap and water.
  • Don't spray cleaners directly onto the device.
  • Avoid aerosol sprays and cleaning solutions that contain bleach or abrasives.