What can I do about COVID-19?

My name is Gordon Doig and I am an epidemiologist who has worked in critical care for more than 20 years. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Like you, I have tried to keep up to date on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China. Because I don't see a lot of truly useful information coming from the mainstream media, I have been going directly to credible sources like the World Health Organisation. The purpose of this page is to describe in plain language what the WHO recommends and to provide links to WHO content so you can understand exactly what they are saying.

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How can I get coronavirus? How is coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 is spread from person to person by droplets that are produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes.

These droplets travel only about 1 m, and then settle on surfaces.

  • Coronavirus can live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 3 days, but can only live on cardboard for 24 h.

You can get coronavirus by being sneezed or coughed on, or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face.

You are most likely to catch coronavirus by being in a smaller crowded room with an infected person. The longer you are in the room, the more likely your chances are of catching coronavirus.

You are less likely to catch coronavirus outside.


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