Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Is It Spread From Person To Person?

Published: March 30, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How is Covid 19 transferred from person to to person?
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Dear Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Is It Spread From Person To Person?,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is caused by the virus SAR-CoV-2. It can be transmitted from person to person through air droplets from breathing, coughing, and/or sneezing and being in close contact with someone who may be infected. This is why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is emphasizing the importance of practicing  social distancing  (the 6 foot rule).  

It may be possible to get COVID-19 from surfaces. The virus can live in the air for up to 3 hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and metal/plastic for up to 3 days. It is important to practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands throughout the day and disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated.

We recently answered another question on COVID-19 explaining the facts. If you have more questions, please feel free to go to the CDC site as well as TeenHealthFX for reliable and up-to-date information.

 

 
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