Both the WHO and CDC say that the novel coronavirus is not likely to be spread on the surfaces of shipped items. Your package or mail won’t have virus particles on it unless it is exposed to droplets from an infected person. But even if it does, a study found that the novel coronavirus can only live on cardboard for a 24 hours.
So, while it is possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface with virus on it and then touching your face, that is not the main way this bug spreads. Just in case, don’t touch your face and do wash your hands after you bring in your mail.
But if you’re still worried about your mail or packages, here are some ways to reduce your risk:
- Dispose of packaging outside your home, and wash your hands afterwards.
- Do not handle mail or packages for 24 hours after delivery.
- Wiping down mail or packages can’t hurt, but it really isn’t necessary.
Last update: April 21, 2020, 10:50 AM
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