Ahead of tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day, a Science professor at Queen Mary’s College, John Oxford has cautioned against kissing and hugging in order to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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.’  

The Coronavirus which is officially now known as SARS-CoV-2 spreads via droplets in someone’s breath and it has killed more than 1,100 people with almost 46,000 cases confirmed worldwide.