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How it spreads

It spreads very easily person to person

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes-- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Masks and social distancing help to reduce this transmission.
  • Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. This is airborne transmission. Reducing time indoors with others outside your family unit and only being in well ventilated spaces reduces the transmission of airborne particles.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.