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Receiving Mail and Packages Safely

The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

According to the WHO, “the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is low.” According to the CDC, “in general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.”

But what is 'low risk' when you are considering your health and survival?

Taking the precaution of washing your hands with soap and water remains the key to staying healthy. 

To be on the safe side, here is what Amazon spokesman Jay Carney recommends: “…Customers should take appropriate measures if they are concerned about the possible transmission of the virus. That includes wiping down packages with sanitizer, or placing them in a separate room for a matter of time…”

Some media sources suggest that we let delivered packages/mail sit in the garage or laundry room for 24-48 hours before they are opened.

For more information on deliveries and your safety, go to:

USPS: about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm

Amazon: blog.aboutamazon.com/company-news/how-ama zon-prioritizes-health-and-safety-while-fulfilling-customer-orders

UPS: www.ups.com/us/en/about/news/important-updates.page?

FedEx: www.fedex.com/en-us/coronavirus.html

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News Sources

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During a Pandemic, such as now with COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), it is important to utilize and retain important information to protect yourself and your family. Making sure that your resources are nonbiased, reliable, and scientific are of utmost importance. The media and social media provide us with many different resources that can be based on emotion and opinions.

Below is a list of reliable resources that can provide you with up to date facts and guidelines on COVID-19. Much information is still unknown or is changing due to the virus being new, it continues to be important to stay vigilant.

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/

For Children

American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.aap.org/

For Pregnancy/Obstetrics

American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology: https://www.acog.org/

For Local Government Information and Guidelines

Virginia Department of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Loudoun County: https://www.loudoun.gov/

Blessings and Stay Safe, Sandy Kurtyka RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP

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