What is the mode of transmission?

What is the mode of transmission?

Last update: 29/07/2020

Close contact (within less than 1 metre) with an infected person is required for the virus to be transmitted, and the longer the contact, the greater the risk.

Transmission occurs via respiratory droplets containing the virus which are expelled when people cough or blow their noses.

There are two ways of becoming infected:

  • If droplets directly reach the mouths or noses of people nearby (within a radius of 1 metre)
  • It is also possible to become infected by touching a surface or object which has been contaminated with respiratory droplets (door handles, when shaking someone’s hand, etc.) and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hand
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