The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.
Source: CA Dept. of Public Health
Source: L.A. County Public Health