Person to Person spread
With all the information available at hand we can safely assume that the virus spreads through person to person contact.
The risk of catching the virus is high between people who are in close contact with each other (usually within 6 feet).
When a person coughs or sneezes, the respiratory droplets coming out of their mouth can land in the nose or mouth of other person. It can also travel straight to the lungs without even sticking in the nose or the mouth.
Can I spread the virus?
In case you have the virus in you than it is more than possible that you can infect the people around you. If you think you have any symptom of the disease or you have been to a place of an outbreak then you should isolate yourself from other people.
If you have severe symptoms like trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that won’t go away or your face or lips start turning blue then you must contact your local health institution or healthcare provider. Also if you need emergency assistance then please contact the Indian national helpline number +91-11-23978046 or 1075.
Also note that if you are not infected yourself than you can’t infect other people either. But, this does not mean that you can avoid or completely disobey the restrictions put by the government or your local authorities.
Can the virus contaminate surfaces or objects?
According to the NIH the virus can stay stable for hours on surfaces like cardboard, plastic, metals etc. This means that we must wash our hands as frequently as possible and avoid contact with our face or our mouth.
If you think that a surface has been contaminated then you should clean it with soap and water. You can also use good quality cleaners or disinfectants. All or any combination of chemicals like Ethanol, Sodium chlorite, Sodium hypochlorite, Glycolic acid, Hydrogen peroxide in a disinfectant are recommended.
You may also use other disinfectants recommended by the local authorities or by the government.
How easily does the virus spreads?
The virus is extremely easy to spread. It can spread through contaminated surfaces that have the virus present on them. The virus also spreads exceptionally well via person to person contact.
There are two reasons why this virus spreads at this rapid rate:
- This virus is highly contagious (spreads easily)
- It spreads without stopping (the spread is sustained)
This is the reason why we call it a community spread virus and people infected in an area do not even know where they got infected.
I have a sick family member with COVID-19, How should I protect myself?
You can protect yourself by providing a dedicated room to an infected person. It is highly recommended that they also have their own bathroom. But if for some reason that is not possible than please try to maintain a long distance. Avoid any or all unnecessary contact.
Also reduce the cleaning frequency of the bedroom/bathroom of an infected person to as-needed. Clean all the surfaces touched by the infected person thoroughly. Also make sure to read the label of instructions put by the manufacturer of the soap or disinfectant.
Please note this site is in any way not an alternative to a doctor’s professional diagnoses or opinion. All the info available is gathered from reputed sources such as the WHO, CDC, NHS, EPA, NIH and MYGOV.IN etc.