How Covid 19 spreads
We are all being told to wash our hands at least 20 times a day, it will kill the virus - if you use soap and water - hot running water alone will not do the job. But are we making ourselves immune to catching the virus by clean hands alone?
No - simple answer, hand washing helps to stop the spread, but it doesn't stop people becoming infected.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
Anyone, within a 6 feet radius of another person, can spread the virus if one person has been infected.
Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, can land in another persons mouth, nose or even be inhaled into their lungs.
Coughing spreads droplets as far as six metres away, and sneezing can spread germs as far as eight metres away. These droplets stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.
It may also be possible to catch the Covid -19 virus by touching a surface of object that the virus has been on and then touching your mouth, nose or possibly your eyes - but this is not thought to be the main way the virus has spread.
Every case of Civud -19 has been estimated to cause two or three others to be infected.
This is why is it so important to distance yourself from others, stay inside and stop this horrible, deadly virus from spreading.