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How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including the COVID-19 virus) may survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

Will the flu shot prevent COVID-19?

No, the flu shot won’t protect against COVID-19, but it can help protect against serious flu complications or lessen symptoms if you get it, lessening the strain on health care facilities.

Can I get COVID-19 from Corona beer?

No, you can’t get COVID-19 from Corona beer. Beer neither causes infection with a virus, and it does not cure it.

Can you get COVID-19 if you eat at Chinese restaurants in the U.S.?

No, you can’t get COVID-19 eating in a Chinese restaurant.