COVID-19 Information Page
How COVID-19 Spreads
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and Rarely, fecal contamination.
There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the novel coronavirus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
DSHS has additional information on the 2019 novel coronavirus for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
LINK: Disinfecting your home Document: Disinfecting your home
LINK: Use of Cloth Face Coverings- Help Slow Spread of COVID-19 Document: Cloth Face Coverings
How to contact The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for any questions or would like more information about COVID-19:
Phone:* Dial 2‑1‑1, then choose Option 6.
Hours: 24/7 *If you experience difficulty when dialing 2-1-1, please email email@example.com.
For local assistance, see the listing of local health entities:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) Local Health Entities.
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