Former Manchester United captain and Italy-based Ashley Young have offered his advice on staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 34-year-old now plays for Inter Milan in the heart of Europe’s worst-affected region with more than 6,000 reported dead in Italy overall.

With Italy currently suffering in the grip of the pandemic, Young outlined a series of measures those of us in the United Kingdom should follow.

He opened with: “Hi everyone, just wanted to share my thoughts given I’m currently living in Italy, the epicenter of the virus.”

He added: “Queuing to go into the supermarket is standard, but not because it’s for stockpiling or greed. Supermarkets have limited the number of people entering at any time so it’s never over-crowded! So wait and be patient to go in if your supermarket is doing this.

“Always use gloves from the moment you get out of your car! You don’t want to touch trolleys that other hands have been on. Keep the gloves on until you are getting back in the car.

“Use a face mask or scarf to keep your nose and mouth covered.

“Always keep your distance at the till. Keep the trolley behind you when you unpack at the till as it stops people from being able to get too close.

“Don’t unpack your shopping right on top of somebody else’s, make a gap between theirs and yours so none of your shopping touches theirs. Here we can’t put our groceries on the belt until the person in front has finished paying.”

The former Watford and Aston Villa player added: “This may sound harsh but treat everybody that’s not in your household as if they have the virus, you just don’t know!!!”

“Most importantly, just stay safe! This is what we are doing here, it’s not an overreaction, it’s staying safe. And just remember others should be looking at you in this way as well. It’s not horrible, it’s a way of keeping your distance to ultimately help save lives.”

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