The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of six different ways the novel coronavirus most commonly spreads between people.
- The CDC created the list in October 2020.
What’s going on?
The CDC said the coronavirus can spread in a variety of ways. One case isn’t like the other. But the virus continues to spread easier than influenza but not as quickly as measles.
- A new COVID-19 variant originally discovered in the UK is believed to be more transmissible.
The 4 common ways of spread
The CDC has outlined four different ways the novel coronavirus can spread from person-to-person, many of which hit on the public health guidelines we’ve outlined before. Here’s a breakdown of the list.
- When people get physically close to someone with COVID-19 or who are at risk for greater infection.
- When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing or talk they produce respiratory droplets, which can range in size. These droplets can spread the virus.
- Exposure to respiratory droplets when someone is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
- When respiratory droplets are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes.
One extra note
- “With passing time, the amount of infectious virus in respiratory droplets also decreases,” the CDC said.