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Coronavirus doctor says ‘disinfect or don’t touch packages for a day’

An expert reveals coronavirus can live for up to 24 hours on delivered packages – advising shoppers to either disinfect packages as soon as they receive them, or to avoid touching them for a whole day.

Dr John Torres says COVID-19 can live on surfaces for various lengths of time, the bug can also stay in the air for a couple of hours.

On the Today show, Dr Torres advised how shoppers should take precaution when receiving deliveries from any company.

He said: "Anywhere from copper around four hours to stainless steel and plastic two-three days.

"Cardboard is right down the middle 24 hours is how long it could live on there and still be what we call viable, meaning it could still pass on coronavirus."

He also said people should throw away outside packaging immediately and wash their hands as soon as they have received the package.

"With the inside package you can do two things: You can let it sit there for 24 hours. It should go away at that point.

"If you need it now you can disinfect it on the outside which should help to some extent, but the main thing is once you handle that wash your hands before you touch your face," Torres said.

He even had advice for ordering food from restaurants or supermarkets: "If you're getting fruits and vegetables, you definitely want to wash them off like you do with anything else just to make sure that any of those food borne illnesses aren't present."

For takeaway food that comes in cardboard boxes, he advised: "One of the things you want to do is open up the container, use some utensils to pull out the food and put it on a plate and then throw the container out and wash your hands."

Another tip he suggested for high risk people was to microwave the food for 30 seconds to kill the virus.

Recently a nurse warned people to take precaution at petrol pumps, a reporter from the Daily Mail tweeted: "A senior nurse at the Queen Elizabeth believes the virus is spreading rapidly through people using petrol pumps.

"She asks that if you need to fill your car up use gloves or a paper towel and then bin them. Please pass this on."

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