COVID-19 is an infectious disease similar to the cold. It travels in droplets when you cough and sneeze, and in other body fluids.
Vaccination currently offers the best protection against COVID-19. If you have yet to receive your first dose, please talk to your doctor about vaccine options. If you’re already fully vaccinated, you can receive additional protection by getting a booster shot. Boosted individuals have already proven to be more resistant to the effects of new variants like Omicron.
The CDC also recommends wearing a mask in certain settings. You can read more about masking here.
Watch for these symptoms of coronavirus: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general ill feeling.
Stay home if you have cold-like symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you touch. Avoid close contact with others and stay home while you are sick. Drink plenty of liquids and get extra rest. Contact your health provider with any concerns.
The coronavirus situation is still rapidly evolving and recommendations are subject to change as additional information becomes available.
This information has been reviewed and approved by Lisa Maier, MD; Jared Eddy, MD; and Rosine Angbanzan, MPH (February 2022)
The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. CDC.gov and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.