PASSENGERS have been spotted covering their whole bodies in plastic sheets in an attempt to avoid contracting coronavirus.

A video showed a couple wearing plastic sheeting with hoods and armholes along with face masks during a flight  in Australia.

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Twitter user Alyssa shared the video on social media, which has been viewed more than 47k times.

She said in the caption: "Currently behind me on the plane. When you super scared of #coronavirus #COVID2019."

The female passenger appeared to be asleep, wearing a pink plastic outfit and printed face mask.

Her male companion had a white clear one, along with gloves and a face mask as well.

The flight was travelling between Sydney and Hamilton Island in Australia, which has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Some social media users thought it was a great idea: "Actually they are the smart ones the rest are being contaminated inside the plane because of air filtration is not the best inside a plane…"

Another person added: "Maybe we should all be like this guy. Perhaps hes the smart one here."

Someone else said: "Not gonna lie I'd do the same thing."

Some social media users found a flaw in their plan.

One person said: "Then the virus is attached to the plastic, when you take it off you come in contact. Just thinking that's what will happen."

The latest travel advice for Australia warns visitors that there are temporary restrictions for anyone visiting the country who has travelled through China, even if just in transit.

To prevent the spread of the virus, people are warned to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing, while throwing away tissues and washing hands with soap and water.

We've explained the current travel advice for Thailand, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.]

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