It must be one of the most frequently googled topics of 2020, but how COVID-19 spreads is still something that many people are confused by.
Whilst we have some really useful content on the Coronavirus page of our website, including free handwashing and hand hygiene posters we thought it might be helpful to include a short infographic to help explain how COVID-19 spreads.
The World Health Organisation explains that people catch COVID-19 from other people who have the virus. (There are some misconceptions around whether animals can pass COVID-19 to people: you can read our blog on our sister site, deBugged, for more on this topic.)
The disease mainly spreads from person to person when small droplets from the nose or mouth (which are expelled when a person infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks) are breathed in by someone who is not infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 1 meter away from other people.
Droplets can also land on objects and surfaces around the infected person - such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. People can become infected
This is also why it is so important to do a full disinfection service of any premise that has a confirmed COVID-19 case on site, to ensure that any and all frequently touched surfaces are completely safe for other colleagues, and to eliminate the risk of additional colleagues becoming infected with COVID-19.
And in case you think daily cleaning is enough, read more about why Disinfection services are so important in our blog post: "do you understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?"
We hope you've found this useful, and if you have, you may also be interested in our comprehensive handwashing guide, which you can find here to download. For more great hygiene insights, subscribe to our blog.