The risk of spreading Covid-19 by sending Christmas cards is “low”, an academic has said.
Dr Julian Tang, honorary associate professor at the University of Leicester, advised that cards and similar objects that might have the potential to carry the virus only pose a “minimal risk” of infection.
Dr Tang said people with concerns should wash their hands after opening cards and avoid touching their mouths, eyes or noses to reduce the chances of infection further.
He said: “People shouldn’t worry about sending Christmas cards to friends and loved ones this year and spreading more than just festive cheer – sending cards presents a low risk of infection from Covid-19.
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“Epidemiologically, we know that this virus does not transmit much via surfaces, so the risk of infection remains minimal – especially given the journey the card has to take through the postal system.
“The successful transfer and infection of SARS-CoV-2 via this route is generally poor, but if people are worried just wash your hands after opening cards, before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.”
Early today we reported that Dr Tang supported the Government’s decision to limit the way in which pubs re-open after the second national lockdown, which could have a big impact on drinkers in Leicester.
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