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Myth Buster: COVID-19 Doesn’t Spread By Mail or Packages

March 23, 2020

Myth Buster: COVID-19 Doesn’t Spread By Mail or Packages

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, more people are resorting to online shopping, and people have asked whether the origin of mail and purchased items could infect them.

And since many of the retailer’s merchants and suppliers are based in China, where one city, Wuhan, became known as ground zero for the virus. That connection has led many people to question whether they should refrain from online shopping abroad or be afraid of parcels coming in. The simple scientific answer to whether COVID-19 spread by mail is NO.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), the new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases. Even though the virus can stay on surfaces, it is very unlikely for the virus to persist after being traveled or moved, being exposed to inconsistent conditions and temperatures.

If you think a surface may be contaminated, use a disinfectant to clean it. After touching it, clean your hands with hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water.

Stay informed and stay safe, everyone!