How does pediatric coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread?

Updated: Oct 30, 2020
  • Author: Ayesha Mirza, MD; Chief Editor: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS  more...
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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2) is a highly infectious virus, [16]  and the main routes of transmission are respiratory droplets and contact with respiratory secretions and saliva. Aerosol particles may be another possible mode of transmission. SARS CoV-2 can remain viable on various surfaces for hours to days, although transmission is much more common through respiratory droplets than through fomites. [18]  Fecal shedding has been detected for several weeks after diagnosis, which has led to concerns about fecal-oral transmission of the virus. [19]


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