The risk depends on where you are - and more specifically, whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak unfolding there. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement, and large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go. WHO publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide. You can see these at:

Risk depends on how well the virus spreads between people, the severity of the illness, and the measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example medications and vaccinations). In the U.S. the risk of exposure is still low, however will increase as the outbreak expands. Healthcare workers caring for persons with COVID-19 and close contacts of persons with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international countries where community spread is occurring are also at an elevated risk of exposure.