Ways of Transmission

Respiratory Droplets

  • An infected person exhales the virus with every breath. This can travel 6 feet when someone is simply breathing, but much further if they are singing, yelling, coughing or sneezing.
  • Thus the 6-foot personal distancing recommendation.


  • It is unclear if this is a substantial mode of transmission, but the virus is known to adhere on plastic, wood, cardboard, and metal ranging between 1 to 4 days.

Person to Person

  • Direct contact between an infected person and someone who is not infected is a known route of transmission.
  • Some methods of direct contact include hugging, hand shaking, and kissing.