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How Corona Virus COVID-19 Is Spread From One Person To Another

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The most common way COVID-19 spreads is through respiratory droplets or small particles during close contact with someone who is already infected.

  • Person-to-person contact:   
    • People are at greatest risk when they have direct contact with or are within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19. 
    • Exposure can occur through respiratory droplets or small particles -- when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks. This is similar to how flu and other respiratory viruses spread.   

Although less common, COVID-19 may also spread through airborne transmission or direct contact with infected surfaces or objects.

  • Airborne transmission 
    • Sometimes smaller respiratory droplets can remain in the air for up to several hours and can travel on air currents farther than six feet. Airborne transmission occurs when droplets or small particles carrying the virus remain suspended in the air or travel farther than 6 feet away from the person with COVID-19.
    • Airborne transmission has occurred when a person with COVID-19 was participating in an activity that increased the number of respiratory particles they produce, like singing or exercising.
    • This type of exposure usually occurs indoors in spaces with poor ventilation.
  • Infected surfaces or objects  
    • It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. Frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces is a best practice for preventing COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Source: https://covid19.colorado.gov/frequently-asked-questions-faq

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