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What is community spread?

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Sometimes a person can trace how they got the virus because they will know they have been in contact with someone who is sick. In other cases, the cause is unknown. Community spread is when someone gets the virus without any known contact with a sick person.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Cases in U.S.," "How it Spreads," "Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities."

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health: "Public Health Rallies to 'Flatten the Curve.'"

Harvard Medical School: "Coronavirus Resource Center."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine."

Kaiser Health News: "Flattening the Curve and Social Distancing: Understanding the Drastic Measures That Experts Keep Talking About."

Michigan Health: "Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?"

News release, National Institutes of Health.

Wisconsin Public Radio: “Social Distancing In Wisconsin: Your Questions, Answered.”

New England Journal of Medicine : “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.”

China CDC Weekly: “Notes from the Field: Isolation of 2019-nCoV from a Stool Specimen of a Laboratory-Confirmed Case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: "Cases in U.S.," "How it Spreads," "Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities."

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health: "Public Health Rallies to 'Flatten the Curve.'"

Harvard Medical School: "Coronavirus Resource Center."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine."

Kaiser Health News: "Flattening the Curve and Social Distancing: Understanding the Drastic Measures That Experts Keep Talking About."

Michigan Health: "Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?"

News release, National Institutes of Health.

Wisconsin Public Radio: “Social Distancing In Wisconsin: Your Questions, Answered.”

New England Journal of Medicine : “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.”

China CDC Weekly: “Notes from the Field: Isolation of 2019-nCoV from a Stool Specimen of a Laboratory-Confirmed Case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

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