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Sending Christmas cards won't lead to COVID spread, says Leicester academic

A Leicester academic has advised it is safe to send Christmas cards this year to friends and loved ones, as the risk of COVID-19 infection is “low”.

Dr Julian Tang, Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Leicester and Clinical Virologist, advised that Christmas cards and other similar objects that could potentially carry the virus pose a “minimal risk” of infection because transmission of the virus through these means is poor.

If people are concerned however, they should wash their hands after opening cards, and avoid touching their mouths, eyes or noses to minimise infection risk.

Dr Tang 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.

“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 with your fingers.”

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