How Does SARS-CoV-2 Spread?

How Does SARS-CoV-2 Spread?

It’s been two years since the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, was first identified. In those two years of the global pandemic, daily life has shifted and changed to prevent viral spread and reduce risk of infection.

We’ve also learned a lot about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last two years, including important information about how this virus spreads from person to person, how to safely and effectively vaccinate adults and children 5 years old and older against COVID-19, and how to use public safety measures to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

At GatherWell COVID Testing, we’ve been with you the whole way. Our team offers a full range of COVID-19 testing options from our locations in Ham Lake, Elk River, Oakdale, Edina, and Waconia, Minnesota, and U.S. Bank Stadium.

If you notice symptoms of COVID-19, learn of a recent exposure, or want to know more about your COVID-19 status before planned events, get in touch with our team of experts. In the meantime, here’s what we want our patients to understand about how COVID-19 spreads, and what you can do to protect yourself and your community against this novel infectious disease.

Understanding COVID-19 transmission

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads between people. If you are infected with COVID-19, the air you breathe out contains the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can infect others.

SARS-CoV-2 spreads through airborne respiratory droplets or aerosolized particles that are lighter than air and can float away from an infected person to infect others. It can theoretically spread through contaminated surfaces, but that is much less likely than inhalation as an infection vector.

The size of infectious droplets or aerosol particles can vary significantly and includes microscopically small particles. That’s one reason why a highly-rated mask is an essential part of your effective personal protective equipment (PPE) when it comes to COVID-19.

If someone who’s infected with SARS-CoV-2 coughs, speaks, sings, or otherwise exhales forcefully near you, you have a risk of infection yourself. And, if you’re inside, potentially infectious droplets and particles can spread through the air on air currents.

Reducing your risk of COVID-19

We have several tools in the fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The highly effective vaccines approved by the United States FDA are one of the most powerful.

You can also reduce your risk by using a high-quality mask to limit your exposure and protect others if you might be unknowingly infected. Social distancing, improving ventilation, and moving activities outdoors are also ways to reduce your risk.

Knowing your infection status is another important part of COVID-19 spread reduction. When you know if you’re currently infectious, you can make better decisions to limit others’ risk of contracting COVID-19 from you. At GatherWell COVID Testing, we can help you learn more about your current status with multiple types of fast and accurate COVID-19 testing.

To learn more or schedule your test, get in touch with GatherWell COVID Testing online or over the phone today.

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