Coronavirus can survive on surfaces for days, so what does that mean for the mail and food you get delivered to your door?
Thecan for nine or more days, so is it safe to touch the packages from you’ve been ordering? Should you take a Clorox wipe or Lysol spray to the box or leave it outside for several days? Do you need to or gloves when opening your mail?
Right now, the answer is no to all of that, and here’s why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is very low risk for the coronavirus to spread from packages that have traveled over a period of days. The World Health Organization also notes that it’s very unlikely for a package to be contaminated after being exposed to different conditions, and therefore the risk of a person contracting the virus from a package is considered low
What about packages that arrive the same day, like food delivery services? Coronaviruses like up to 17 days later). However, the current knowledge is that it’s . According to the Food and Drug Administration, there’s no evidence of the virus being transmitted through food or packaginghave been found to last on surfaces for up to nine days (RNA from the virus causing COVID-19 was found
It certainly won’t hurt for you to take extra precautions at home if that’s your preference. The most consistent advice we’ve seen is tofor at least 20 seconds after handling packages and their contents. If you’d like, you can also dispose of the packaging right away, and wash your hands again. Here’s more information about the , the disease it causes.
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