And with winter coming, health experts say it only gets worse as more people gather indoors to avoid cold weather.
How else can you protect yourself and those you love? Here’s an update on the basics.
Use a mask properly
N95 masks provide the best protection, but they are in short supply and the CDC is asking people not to go out and buy them because they are urgently needed by healthcare professionals.
Washable, breathable clothing masks will do the job, but they must have at least two coats – three is better – and you can add a filter for more protection.
Masks should cover both your nose and mouth and should fit snugly without holes.
Work a good foam and scrub your hands, fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds. Use clean, running water for thorough rinsing, then scrub them dry.
Washing for at least 20 seconds has been shown to remove more microbes than washing for shorter periods. Singing “Happy Birthday” twice during washing can act as a “timer”.
use hand sanitizer
It is important that both your hands are completely covered, also between the fingers and under the nails. Rub your hands until dry. Use it generously if your hands are greasy or really dirty, as disinfectant may not be as effective in that case, according to the CDC.
Reduce your risk
The best thing you can do is stay home, if possible, and reduce your risk by cutting back on errands and trips to the store.
The safest place outside your home is outdoors. But even there, keep a safe distance from people you do not live with.
You can also reduce the risk by having food taken out instead of eating in restaurants and, if possible, avoiding public transport.
Going to bars and nightclubs is considered one of the most risky things you can do.
With coronavirus infections soaring around the country, the coming winter will only make things worse as people spend more time indoors together.
And there is always the possibility that you will have to quarantine if you come in contact with someone who has the virus.
Public health officials advise having two weeks of food on hand. Having the stock in stock also reduces your trips to the grocery store.
Make sure you have enough cleaning and disinfection supplies and that your medicine cabinet is stocked with cough drops and syrup for cough symptoms, decongestants for congestion, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain and fever and antidiarrheal. Keep adhesive bandages in stock for wounds.
If you are taking prescription medication, make sure you have enough available.
Check for symptoms and get tested
But there is also diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, body aches, mental confusion and even delirium.
If you have been exposed to coronavirus, symptoms are likely to show up within a week, health experts say. That is, if you have to have them at all – which some people do not have. Any or all of the symptoms may occur between two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unless you have severe symptoms, avoid emergency rooms that have been exceeded in many places. Call your doctor and follow her or his instructions.
In that case, call 911 or call the emergency room near you, advises the CDC.
Avoid stress over disinfecting packages
The same goes for washing fruits and vegetables, according to the FDA. Just rinse them in plain water.
We now know that the most important way in which the virus is transmitted is through the air in respiratory droplets or aerosols from an infected person. However, it is still important to disinfect surfaces and wash your hands after being outside or touching objects outside your home.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Holly Yan, Sandee LaMotte, AJ Willingham, Kristen Rogers, Scottie Andrew and Alicia Lee contributed to this report.