According to the World Health Organisation and other medical organisations, our current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what we already known about similar coronaviruses. It can be spread in the follow ways:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, particularly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). For example it can spread via a handshake.
In particular it can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, as this produces respiratory droplets which can then be passed to others by the nose, mouth or inhalation.
- Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It also highly likely that COVID-19 can be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes. It is therefore advised to avoid touching your face and to adopt good hand hygiene. However evidence suggests this is not the most common way by which the virus is transmitted.