How does the virus spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

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1. What is Coronavirus?
2. What is the source of the virus?
3. How does the virus spread?
4. Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
5. Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
6. Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
7. Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
8. What is community spread?