Newspapers CAN'T pass on coronavirus and are completely safe to read, scientists confirm

NEWSPAPERS cannot pass on coronavirus and it is completely safe to keep reading them, experts have confirmed.

Scientists say the risk of catching Covid-19 from reading the paper is extremely small.

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Health chiefs from the World Health Organization have also stressed it is still safe to have your favourite papers delivered.

Virologist George Lomonossoff said: "Newspapers are pretty sterile because of the way they are printed and the process they've been through.

"Traditionally, people have eaten fish and chips out of them for that reason.

"The chances [of catching the virus] are infinitesimal."

TV doctor Hillary Jones has also urged Brits to continue to read papers.

He said yesterday: "For public health information right it's important people have access to information through newspapers."


Dr Hillary added they were an essential service and reinforced that having newspapers delivered to a doorstep or letter box is safe.

The WHO said: "The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low."

A new study has found that the difference in material can alter the life-span of the virus.

Droplets of the Covid-19 infection can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours, according to Professor Chris Witty.

A new study has found that the difference in material can alter the life-span of the virus.

It can live in air for three hours, on copper for four hours and cardboard for up to 24 hours.

Plastic is the worst offender, with the virus lasting up to three days.

The ideal surface for the virus is plastic, which allows it to stay for up to three days.


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