How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.


Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.


It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.


How to avoid catching or spreading germs


There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.



Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze


Put used tissues in the bin immediately


Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available


Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


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