How Coronavirus Spreads in Public Places and How to Protect Yourself

How Coronavirus Spreads in Public Places and How to Protect Yourself

Getty Images Experts say the canceling of events that draw large crowds is an important step in combating the further spread of the novel coronavirus. Anytime an individual is within close proximity to someone with an infection, there’s the potential to spread it through aerosolized droplets. The novel coronavirus spreads like other viruses that cause common respiratory illnesses, such as the flu: via “droplets” that are excreted by coughing, sneezing, and breathing. Anytime an individual is within close proximity to someone with a coronavirus infection, there’s the potential to spread it through aerosolized droplets. Hence why public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest limiting exposure through mass gatherings.

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