Myths around the risks of coronavirus in the UK are doing the rounds. We put the facts straight.

It’s safe to eat Chinese food

There is no need to avoid your local take-away or to stop buying Chinese food or beer from any other outlet.

It’s also safe to receive packages and letters from China.

The virus is unlikely to survive for long on these kind of surfaces, and that includes objects like cups and door handles.

You have to be in close contact with an infected person – within two metres for 15 minutes or more – to be at risk.

People who have returned to the UK from Wuhan and Hubei province in China in recent weeks are most at risk of having the virus.

Most of them have already

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