People can get the virus from other infected people. Coronavirus 2019 can be spread from person to person through droplets generated by the nose or mouth when the patient coughs or exhales. These droplets fall on objects and surfaces around the patient. Other people who touch these objects or surfaces and touch their eyes, nose, or mouth may be infected with 2019 coronavirus. If you inhale the droplets generated when an infected person coughs or exhales, you may also be infected with the virus. Therefore, it is important to maintain a distance of more than 1 meter (3 feet) from the patient.
WHO is evaluating current research on the transmission of coronavirus in 2019 and will continue to share the latest research results.
Can the virus spread through the air?
The results of the research so far show that the virus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets rather than air. See the answer above to the question “How is Coronavirus 2019 transmitted?”
Can asymptomatic people also transmit 2019 coronavirus disease?
The disease is mainly spread through the respiratory tract droplets of a cougher. The risk of contracting 2019 coronavirus disease from people without any symptoms is very low. But many patients with coronavirus disease 2019 have only mild symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. Therefore, it is possible to contract 2019 coronavirus from people who cough slightly and do not feel uncomfortable. WHO is evaluating the current research on the infectious stage of coronavirus disease in 2019 and will continue to share the latest research results.
Will coronavirus disease spread in feces in 2019?
The risk of contracting 2019 coronavirus disease from the stools of infected people seems to be very low. Although preliminary investigations indicated that the virus may be stored in feces under certain circumstances, fecal mouth transmission is not the main route of transmission of this outbreak. WHO is evaluating current research on the transmission of coronavirus in 2019 and will continue to share new research results. Considering this risk, you should wash your hands frequently after going to the toilet and before meals.