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.
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