COVID-19 spreads from person to person through droplets that an infected person sneezes or coughs out. These droplets carrying the disease can enter your body through the mucous membranes (wet parts) of your face – your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you’re close enough to an infected person, disease carrying droplets can travel through the air directly into your mucous membranes – letting the virus enter your system straight away. They can also make their way to a surface where you put your hands. If you don’t wash your hands regularly, the virus can move from that surface to your eyes, nose or mouth.
Direct membrane-to-membrane contact like kissing can also spread the virus. Sharing items that go in your mouth nose or eyes, like cutlery, cups, or cosmetics can also deliver the virus directly to your system.