COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2 that can spread from person to person. 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:
- Breathing in respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- Touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with hands that have the virus on them.
How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?
There are currently three vaccines available in the United States 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.
- Everyone 2 years of age and older should wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor places where the COVID-19 community transmission level is high, regardless of vaccination status.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
- If you are at increased risk for severe illness, or provide care or live with someone who is, speak to your health care provider about wearing a mask when COVID-19 transmission level is medium.
- 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.
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.