As the death toll keep increasing by the day with no cure for the dreaded coronavirus, scientists have warned people to avoid hugging and kissing ahead of Valentine’s Day in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Professor John Oxford, from Queen Mary University, said people could protect themselves from the deadly virus by employing a bit of ‘British standoffishness’.
Commenting ahead of Valentine’s Day, Professor Oxford described the illness as a ‘social virus’ that could infect people by close contact and want people cut contact off.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor Oxford said: ‘I think we have to galvanise ourselves in our social actions – how we interact with people I think that is extremely important; more so than wearing a mask. I think that’s a total diversion.
‘What we need to do is less of the handshaking, hugging, kissing, that sort of thing, because this virus looks like its spread by ordinary tidal breathing, not necessarily colds and coughing.’
Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London in a statement said that 60 percent of the entire population could become infected – around six million Britons.