How the virus spreads:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
A Note About HCHANJ Events and Conferences
We are continuously monitoring the impact of the coronavirus and its potential impact on scheduled events and conferences. Check back frequently for updates about our upcoming events. The health and welfare of our members, as well as the patients and consumers you serve, is our top priority.
General Resources for Members:
Governor's Executive Order - 3/16/20
CDC's Recommended Guidelines on Use/Re-Use of Supplies
Board of Nursing Alerts - 3/23/20
Guidance from CMS for Home Health Agencies
Washington State COVID-19 Patient Asessment
NAHC COVID-19 Resource Page
Guidance from NJ Department of Health for Healthcare Personnel Exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19
McCarter English advice to Employers