COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  The CDC reports the virus is mainly thought to be spread between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with one another or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Droplets can land in the mouth or nose of nearby people or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.