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The coronavirus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets – tiny drops of mucus that spray into the air when we cough or sneeze. The virus can remain in the air for short periods of time and transmit to someone else that way. A cough or sneeze can also send the virus up to 6 feet away. That’s why we recommend keeping at least 6 feet between you and anyone else and always wear a mask in public to decrease the risk of spread. If those droplets land on a surface, they can remain there for several hours. If someone touches that surface that’s contaminated with virus, they could transmit the infection to themselves by touching their mouth, eyes, or nose. Coronavirus has also been detected in stool. That means if someone goes to the bathroom and doesn’t watch their hands well, the virus could remain on their hands and spread from there.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020

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