Downing Street has urged people to keep their windows open this winter to cut the risk of spreading coronavirus, especially if they have visitors.
People should either open their windows wide for “short, sharp bursts” of 10-15 minutes every couple of hours or leave them cracked open throughout the day, according to fresh government advice.
Although social visits to other people’s homes are banned in England at present, the advice says that when they are allowed, windows should be opened “before, during and for a while after” the visit.
Government scientific advisers suggest that people open the top half of sash windows to reduce drafts, and keeping extractor fans on in the kitchen and bathroom is also recommended.
The 10 Downing Street Twitter account urged