How the virus is spread

30 Mar 2020

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:

  • infection can be spread to people through close contact (within 2 metres) with infected individuals and respiratory droplets generated during coughing and sneezing
  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching your own face).

Therefore, regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.

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