COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread worldwide. Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness. People can also be asymptomatic (no symptoms) and still spread the virus to others.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from: 

  • Close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. 
  • Respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. 
  • Touching a surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. 

How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

There are currently two vaccines to protect against COVID-19. They are being administered by the Southern Nevada Health District and other community partners.

Even if you get the vaccine, it is still important to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently t ouched surfaces. 
  • Practice social distancing. 

Practice social distancing.

Buy your groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete your banking activities online as much as possible. 

  • If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Always wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth AND nose. 

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care when needed. 

  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 
  • Separate yourself from people and pets in your home. 
  • If you need medical attention, call ahead of time so your medical provider can take the appropriate precautions.