Washington State Department of Health
Aug 4 · 3 min read
If one of your friends had a fever and a cough, you would send them to bed and reschedule your time together. But 30–50% of people who’ve gotten COVID-19 got it from someone with no symptoms. That is, they got it from someone who looked, felt, and acted just like normal.
Limiting how many people we get together with in person — even when we and our friends all feel completely normal — reduces our chances of getting or spreading COVID-19.
That’s why the governor’s Safe Start plan restricts social gatherings to just a very few people.
Larger social gatherings are one big reason we’re seeing high rates of COVID-19 activity throughout the state. Every time we’re around others talking, laughing, or singing, we risk catching the virus from someone’s breath.
Staying home is still safest
But when we go out, fewer, shorter, and safer interactions help us keep one another safe.
Even when we feel great, we never know when we might be carrying a virus that could endanger others. Stay six feet away and wear a cloth face covering in public. Keep your community safe.
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Information in this blog changes rapidly. Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact our the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday — Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Language assistance is available.
Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.