How COVID-19 is transmitted


Kari Kimball, Sci/Tech Editor

There are many theories as to how COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Coronavirus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets. The respiratory droplets are produced and released into the environment when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Others are then infected by the droplets landing in the mouth or nose of those nearby. This is why it is important to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, as recommended by the CDC.

With that being said, there are other ways to spread COVID-19. According to the CDC, it is possible to contract the Coronavirus by touching a surface or object, such as a packaging container, that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. 

Another possible way the Coronavirus is spread is through the air. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that airborne spreading of COVID-19 is a very minor way of transmission. However, more research needs to be conducted in order to determine how relevant airborne transmission is in the case of this virus.

It appears that the Coronavirus is an example of a community spread virus, according to the CDC. Community spread refers to people being infected with the virus in an area as well as some people who are not sure how or where they became infected. It does not appear to be selective to certain climates as there have been cases in cold as well as warm climates.

There are many speculations regarding whether or not the Coronavirus could be spread through mosquitoes or ticks. According to the CDC, it appears that the virus is unable to spread through these insects. However, more testing needs to be done to completely rule out the possibility of mosquitoes and ticks spreading the virus.

At the time of publication, there have been more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nearly 80,000 deaths, according to the WHO.