Knowing How COVID-19 Spreads

Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent this disease is to avoid being exposed to it. The virus is mainly spread through person-to-person contact. Here are some ways to keep yourself protected.

Wash your hands often.

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after being in public or touching your face will prevent you from getting the virus. Using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is an alternative to washing your hands. Avoid touching all parts of your face including your eyes, mouth, and nose with unclean hands.

Avoiding contact.

Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, and always remain 6 feet away. Some people with the virus may not have symptoms at all and are still able to spread it. Putting distance between yourself and others will help keep you safe and decrease the chances of spreading the virus.

Wear a mask.

If out in public, always cover your mouth and nose with a mask or some other form of coverage. Even if you do not feel sick, you could be spreading the virus to others without even knowing it. A mask will protect you from spreading the virus if you are sick and protect you from others if you aren’t.

Clean and disinfect.

Wipe down every surface that is frequently used by yourself and others. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counters, phones, keyboards, bathrooms, etc. Using a household disinfectant regularly will protect everyone in your house.


As COVID-19 pandemic continues, telehealth is becoming the newest way patients can receive care virtually. The VNACJ CHC now offers telehealth appointments via a smartphone or computer with camera. If you need to speak with one of our physicians, please click here to learn more.