Human-to-human contact is the most common way that a person with COVID-19 can infect other people. To limit exposure, health organizations are urging people to keep safe distances from each other and avoid touching others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a recommendation of staying at least six feet away from anybody showing signs of the infection. The CDC also warns against social touching, such as handshakes, to prevent the spread of the virus.
The most important preventive measure remains handwashing for at least 20 seconds or sanitizing hands with a disinfectant that can kill the virus. It’s also important to practice good general hygiene. Anybody showing symptoms of the virus, such as difficulty breathing, a fever, or a dry cough, should consult a healthcare professional and self-isolate as long as necessary.