Coronavirus Transmission: FAQs on the novel coronavirus spread

Similar to other respiratory infections, the most common way of coronavirus transmission is respiratory droplets, which are fluids particles that are generated by coughing and sneezing of an individual. Such droplets contain the virus present in the respiratory lining of an infected individual. These particles do not stay for long in air but in case of air-borne disease transmission, the virus particles remain in air for some time and can infect the other person sharing the space. It is still not clear whether coronavirus can be air-borne or not. CDC, therefore, recommends healthcare workers to use N95 respirator masks, while treating coronavirus patients.

No, WHO says, coronavirus can’t survive for very long on inanimate objects under variable temperature and route and, hence, people receiving posts and packages from China are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

No evidence exists currently to prove that the novel coronavirus (nCoV) can spread from pet animals such as dogs and cats to humans.

Yes, coronavirus can enter the body through eyes, when an infected touches them. Avoiding direct contact with the infected is, therefore, suggested.

Wearing goggles can prevent the eyes from catching thecoronavirus when an infected touches them.

No, according to a study performed in nine pregnant women in Wuhan. No case of vertical transmission of coronavirus from pregnant women in their third trimester to their foetus has been reported so far.