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Ashley Young’s insight into coronavirus ‘epicentre’ Milan

Former Manchester United captain Ashely Young has given fans a fascinating insight into what it’s like being in Italy during the coronavirus outbreak.

Young joined Inter Milan from the Red Devils in January 2020, playing just five games for the club before Serie A was forced to shut its doors in a bid to combat the spread of the virus.

With Italy’s cases jumping overnight to over 69,000, Young took to social media to offer advice to people around the world.

In a Twitter thread, Young said: “Hi everyone, just wanted to share my thoughts given I’m currently living in Italy, the epicentre of the virus.”

“Realistically a supermarket is now your main risk at spreading this virus and even catching it. Speaking with family and friends at home it sounds like going to get food is just crazy. Remember, lockdown means lockdown!

“In Italy going to the supermarket is surprisingly calm... no fights over food, no stripped shelves and most certainly no abusing staff members for limiting food or any reason at all! And in almost every case it’s usually just one person shopping for a household!

“Please read the following and share this if you haven’t already, it really is time to do your bit to help tackle this awful global crisis we are in!

“Queuing to go into 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 overcrowded! So wait and be patient to go in if your supermarket is doing this.

“If you have to get in the lift only get in with 1 more person, 2 people per lift at one time. And stand on opposite sides of the lift and face the wall - don’t breathe outwards towards that stranger.

“Always use gloves from 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 you 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.

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“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 over-reaction, 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.”

Fan were impressed with Young’s initiative, one responding: “Ashley Young giving out better advice than UK government.”

Another tweeted: “Stay safe Ashley.”

While one hilariously added: “Ashley Young please can you come and rule NIGERIA for 5 days.”

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