How COVID-19 spreads
When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these
droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects, such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch
COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. If
they are standing within 1 meter of a person with COVID-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets
coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu. Most persons
infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some experience more serious
illness and may require hospital care. Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be
more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions
such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.
This document gives advice on:
1. Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace
2. How to manage COVID-19 risks when organizing meetings and events
3. Things to consider when you and your employees travel
4. Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community.