Covid-19 Response
Symptoms and Best Practices
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Person-to-person spread
The virus 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 produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
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. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
Additional Resources and Information
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Religious entities and institutions should further consider implementing the following best practices:

  • Adding additional service times to facilitate proper distancing.
  • Ensuring all attendees sanitize their hands and put on a mask or face covering before entering the building.
  • Equipping ushers and greeters with gloves and masks, or eliminating greeters all together.
  • Ask all attendees who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch the services online.
  • Restricting seating to every other pew.
  • Ensuring attendees sit with their immediate family unit, and use physical distancing between each unit.
  • Clergy could dismiss attendees by family unit in order to maintain physical distancing.
  • Staff should sanitize seats and frequently used surfaces between services. Consider keeping childcare closed, unless the place of worship can comply with CDC guidelines for childcare facilities.
  • Consider refraining from passing collection plates and instead provide a central collection box or encourage online giving.
  • Consider how the sacraments can be administered without attendees having to touch the same surfaces and objects.