Brits have been warned to limit the amount of contact they have with other people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK, along with many other countries around the world, has been put into lockdown with gatherings of more than two people - other than those from your own home - now banned.

People are being urged to only leave their houses when it's absolutely necessary, such as buying essential supplies like food and medication, and for exericse once a day.

Social distancing measures have been introduced in many of Britain's supermarkets, with most urging people to queue at least six feet apart and many only allowing a certain number of people in at one time.

Pubs, restaurants, cafes and theatres wee ordered to close more than a week ago and experts have warned to lockdown could go on for as long as six months.

A postman wears a mask and gloves to deliver letters in Broadstairs, Kent
A postman wears a mask and gloves to deliver letters in Broadstairs, Kent

As supermarket shelves are stripped bare of essentials as people stockpile during lockdown, many are turning to deliveries to get their food and other items.

And that's not to mention all the usual post that drops through your letter box.

How can you make sure you're staying as safe as possible when you're dealing with your mail?

Royal Mail insists it is taking every precaution when it comes to our post - and that the risk of contracting Covid-19 from mail is very small.

A statement on the website says: "We will continue providing the best delivery service for you and protect the health of our people, and our customers.

Brits have been put on lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus
Brits have been put on lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus

"We have provided guidance to our people to help prevent the spread of any infection. We are doing so in line with preventative guidance from Public Health Authority.

"We have also made a series of adjustments to our parcel handling procedures. We are keeping our ways of working under continuous review."

But there are some extra precautions you can take to make sure your post is as safe as possible.

Coronavirus is spread through viral droplets, which is why people are being urged to maintain at least six feet between them and anyone else.

But as it's a new strain of the virus, it's not yet known how long the bug can survive on hard surfaces like paper and cardboard.

Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare The ExCel Centre in east London
Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare The ExCel Centre in east London

Dr Perpetua Emeagi, a lecturer in Human Biology and Biological Sciences at Liverpool Hope University recommends putting a letter in the bin or disposing of it, as soon as you've read it.

She has suggested taking a photo of any important information before putting the mail in the bin.

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Then she stresses the importance of washing your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you've touched the post.

Dr Emeagi told the Express : “You simply do not know who or what your mail has come into contact with before it arrives at your home.

"And while it might seem innocuous, its very easy to underestimate how letters and parcels could act as a carrier of coronavirus. It’s an open invitation."