Coronavirus Transmission – How COVID-19 Spreads

People can catch the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 from others who have the virus.

How Coronavirus is Transmitted

The Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.

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