How It Spreads
Health professionals are still learning more about how COVID-19 spreads and how contagious it is. It seems to spread more easily than the flu and, in some cases, before someone has symptoms.
From what we understand, you are most likely to become infected:
❱❱ When a person with the virus coughs, sneezes or even talks within 6 feet of you (that’s about two arm lengths) and releases virus-containing droplets into the air; new studies suggest that some of these drops may linger in the air longer and travel farther distances than initially thought
❱❱ By living in close quarters with people who may have it (nursing homes or long-term care facilities, for example) or having close contact with another person, such as through shaking hands or hugging.
Experts say it is possible to get sick if you touch a surface with the virus and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes, although this isn’t the main way the virus spreads according to the CDC. Research does show that the new coronavirus may live for a period of time on objects such as doorknobs, handles, keypads, phones, keyboards, cardboard, and other shared surfaces.
Last updated: May 6, 2020