Can I Catch Coronavirus From My Phone, Clothes or Other Surfaces?

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One of the many questions that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up is which everyday surfaces and items might carry the new coronavirus.

It is thought that SARS-CoV-2, the name of the virus which causes COVID-19 (not to be confused with the SARS virus), infects its victims in three main ways, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The bug can spread between people who are in close contact, within about 6 feet.
  • It can be carried in droplets expelled by the coughs and sneezes of the sick which come into contact with the mouths or noses of others, or possibly inhaled.
  • It can be picked up when a person touches a contaminated surface and then touches their mouth, nose and eyes (although this isn’t likely to be the most common way of picking up the virus.)