WHO Coronavirus8Q: Does 2019-nCoV spread through the air (e.g. through air conditioning or via e-cigarette emissions)?

A: Current evidence suggests the new coronavirus spreads primarily through close contact with an infected person or the droplets released when they cough or sneeze. These released droplets typically travel less than a meter and do not hang in the air but can settle on surfaces. This is why it is important to wash hands and cover coughs.