COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks. People who are infected but do not have symptoms can also spread the virus to others.
The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to follow preventive steps to stay healthy such as:
- Get vaccinated. Learn more by visiting our COVID-19 vaccinations page.
- Regardless of vaccination status, it is recommended to cover your nose and mouth with a mask when around people who don’t live in your household.
- Avoid close contact with others by maintaining a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
- Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Use this self-assessment tool to check your symptoms.
- If you develop symptoms or suspect you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, contact your primary care physician for further guidance.
Daily updates on coronavirus can be found on the CDC website. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has COVID-19 educational information available here, including the latest vaccine information.