Scientists and health experts have confirmed that newspapers are not transmitters of COVID-19 thanks to the ink and the printing process they go through meaning you can still buy your favourite newspaper to stay up-to-date during the coronavirus crisis.

It comes as questions were raised over whether COVID-19 could be spread from flicking through newspapers but this theory has been dispelled by the World Health Organisation and experts.

In a statement the WHO said: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperate is also low.”

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones, said: “For public health information right now it is important people have access to information through newspapers”.

Dr Hilary stressed that they were an essential service and that “it is possible to deliver newspapers safely”.

He added: “If someone physically picks them up and delivers them to a doorstep or letterbox it is safe.”

John Innes Centre virologist, George Lomonossoff, who uses molecular biology to understand the assembly and properties of viruses in the United Kingdom, said: “Newspapers are pretty sterile because of the way they are printed and the process they’ve been through.

"Traditionally, people have eaten fish and chips out of them for that very reason.

"So all of the ink and the print makes them actually quite sterile. The chances of that are infinitesimal.”

Our Group Editor Tom McConigley said to our readers: “I know that for you, having a constant feed of reliable news and information that you trust is vital, and this is our commitment to you: Whatever happens, we will be there for you.

"There to help you make sense of the situation.

"There to steer you towards any help you might need. There to offer reassurance and a calm, steady hand."