Is the Coronavirus airborne?


COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

The World Health Organisation initially said airborne transmission is unlikely as these droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, but that you can be infected if you stood within 1 metre of an infected person and inhaled the virus, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

However, recent studies show that in the context of COVID-19, airborne transmission may occur under specific circumstances in which procedures or support treatments generate aerosols containing the virus. 

These initial findings need to be interpreted carefully, however, so further research is needed to confirm this.

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