How does COVID-19 spread?

*Per World Health Organization

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. 

WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.    


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1. What is a Coronavirus?
2. What is COVID-19
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19
4. How does COVID-19 spread?
5. Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
6. Can CoVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
7. What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of the disease?
8. How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
9. Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
10. How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
11. Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?