Like every other person you must be having questions regarding the 2019 coronavirus. One of the main concerns is ‘How does it spread?’. This virus is new so there is not a vaccine to prevent it. In this guide, we are going to discuss in detail does the COVID-19 spreads.
One of the main reasons for the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread is from person to person contact. If you are sitting next to someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection and suddenly he sneezes or coughs without covering his or her mouth & nose the respiratory droplets will stay in the air which likely to have viruses and you can breathe on them.
On the other hand, if you meet someone and by chance, they touch their mouth with their hands. When the person shakes hands with you, the virus can get transferred from their hands to yours.
*Note: Make sure you wash your hands properly when you touch your mouth or nose. When you take preventive measures it can help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Is it possible for the virus to spread even if the person does not have symptoms?
Currently, according to WHO the risk of getting the COVD-19 from someone who does not have any signs or symptoms is very low.
But, yes there is some news which you need to focus upon. Experts believe that even if the person does not show any symptoms the virus can get transmitted to another person. There might not be any symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), or very mild symptoms which they are not even aware of.
In some cases, the other person can transmit the virus even before they start showing the symptoms itself. It takes round 2 to 14 days from the symptoms to show its effect.
Can it get transmitted from infected areas?
On a daily basis, you touch different surfaces like doorknobs, elevator buttons, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, laptop, keyboard, or staircase handles. Well, the list is endless. It is not sure how the novel coronavirus can live on the surface.
If this virus behaves like other viruses then its survival rate can be several hours to days. The surface type, room temperature, and humidity of the environment play a very essential role in how the virus can survive.
Just make sure to keep everything clean around you or get it disinfected. In case, someone in your house is sick then you need to clean all the areas properly.
What are the preventive measures?
- You should stay away from people who are sneezing or coughing. Maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from the infected person.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Use a sanitizer that is alcohol-based in case you do not have a hand wash.