Fitness freaks have been urged to stay away from gyms because “big blokes pumping away” might be coronavirus super-spreaders.
Pandemic expert Dr Norman Swan warned that gyms are the perfect place for the virus to spread because there is so much sweat.
He told ABC: “Dampness is a bad thing for spreading germs.
“You've got these big blokes pumping away and you never know, one of them might be a super spreader.
“You've got to be super careful at the gym. You've got to make sure you wipe down (the equipment) before and after use.”
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He added that people need to make sure they use hand sanitiser before touching equipment, and warned that steam rooms should be avoided.
He said: “I wouldn't go near any humid area to be honest.”
It comes after Health Minister Nadine Dorries was diagnosed with the virus last night.
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Writing on her Twitter, the 62-year-old Member of Parliament for Mid Bedfordshire said: "Thanks for so many good wishes.
"It's been pretty rubbish but I hope I'm over the worst of it now.
"More worried about my 84-year-old mum who is staying with me and began with the cough today.
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"She is being tested tomorrow. Keep safe and keep washing those hands, everyone."
So far, six people have died from the virus in the UK, with a total of 382 cases confirmed.
On Tuesday night, Man City's Premier League clash with Arsenal was postponed over coronavirus fears.
Arsenal's players are self-isolating after coming into contact with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis.
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