Surface-to-person transmission is also called “Fomite Transmission”. This takes place whilst someone touches a surface that droplets of the virus have landed on, then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes. A “fomite” is a surface or item or that could carry and transfer a pathogen.
A fomite may be a piece of clothing, a door handle, a chair handle or a light switch. Once an infected person talks, sneezes, coughs, or vomits close by, surfaces can end up contaminated via big droplets that fall from the air.
Fomite transmission also can arise through touch with an airborne virus that settles after disturbance of a contaminated fomite, which includes something as simple as shaking an infected sheet.