Indiana Department Issues Issues Clarifications on COVID
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with
COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus. It is not the same as other types of coronaviruses that commonly circulate among people and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Those who are older than 60 or have underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease, and diabetes, are particularly at risk.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close
contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then
touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. The
best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
CLOTH MASKS AND OTHER NON-MEDICAL FACE COVERINGS
Cloth masks and other non-medical face coverings are recommended for all people, both public and private, in
interacting in their workplaces and community, such as shopping. The only exception is children younger than 2 years
of age; they should not have face coverings according to the CDC. Staying home when ill, maintaining 6 feet of social
distancing, washing hands, using hand sanitizer and cleaning frequently touched surfaces provide an appropriate level of
protections. Additionally, individuals who are the most at risk due to age or other chronic medical problems should
practice the utmost caution including remaining home and limiting time in public in the future.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday actions to prevent the spread of respiratory
viruses, such as avoiding people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes or nose, and covering your cough or sneeze
with a tissue. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals.
Workers who are sick should follow CDC guidelines and stay home when they are sick. Do not report to work if you are
sick, develop COVID-19 symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed by close contact. If you have symptoms at
your workplace, please leave and seek medical care or COVID-19 testing. Resources for testing are available in Indiana
through medical providers and a map of testing sites in Indiana can be found here (no physician order needed for ISDH
Check the Back on Track Indiana Industry Guidelines here for specific guidelines on face coverings for particular
Cloth face coverings should:
• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face covering the nose and mouth
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include multiple layers of fabric