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All Illinoisans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community and take corresponding measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

The state continues to work closely with local health departments to provide education to the public and offer information to businesses and organizations on safe ways to reopen.  Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Studies have proven that the virus primarily spreads from person-to-person.

  • Sustained contact (>10 minutes) between people who are roughly six feet from each other.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or can possibly be inhaled into the lungs.