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From what is known about other coronaviruses, transmission of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with a symptomatic individual. It is likely that the risk of transmission increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
There are two main routes by which COVID-19 can spread:
Therefore, regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.