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How is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread?

The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 meters) and through respiratory droplets and small viral particles that can float in the air 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. It may be also 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.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 28 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 05 Mar 2020
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Category: SARS


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