People can get COVID-19 from other people infected with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets that spread out of the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs, exhales, speaks or sings. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person, so when other people touch those objects or surfaces and then touch the eyes, nose or mouth there they contract COVID-19. People can also contract COVID-19 if they inhale the droplets that come out when a person with COVID-19 coughs, exhales, speaks or sings. This is why it is important to be more than 1 meter (3 feet) from a sick person.
WHO is evaluating ongoing research on the ways in which COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.