How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet or just under 2 meters).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can remain in the air even after the infected person leaves the area, possibly being inhaled into the lungs of people who are nearby or landing in their mouths or noses.
It is also 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.
People are likely most infectious when they have symptoms, but they may spread the virus even before they feel sick.