Is it safe to receive mail and packages during the COVID-10 crisis?


SUAB HMONG NEWS (03/28/2020) – The latest news indicated many workers at many Amazon facilities infected with the COVID-19 make people think twice on how they should handling their mails and packages after delivered to them.

Below is an article from clarify some of the questions most people have on receiving their mail and packages.

Preliminary testing suggests that you can’t get COVID19 from mail or packages. Even if the interior contents had trace amounts of the virus, the time traveled passes over the surface life of the novel coronavirus.

“Importantly, the CDC, the World Health Organization, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail,” Dave Partenheimer, spokesperson for the USPS, confirmed over email.

The article indicated that experts suggested to put aside your mail ond/or packages for 24 hours before open them and remember to wash your hands for 20 second with soap after you touch anything.

Here’s what experts recommend to kill off any traces of the coronavirus on your mail and packages:

Set aside mail for 24 hours. Designate a corner or room for new packages and leave them isolated for at least 24 hours.

Always wash your hands and refrain from touching your face after opening packages.

Wait for packages/mail to be left a safe distance away before collecting them.

Regardless of disinfecting your mail, the CDC and WHO recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, refrain from touching your face, keep informed of shelter in place and social distancing protocols, and stay at home for 14 days if you experience any flu-like symptoms or have come in contact with anyone with these symptoms.