Wash your hands!
By now we all know that we have to keep our distance from others when we leave the house, watch what we touch and thoroughly wash our hands to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But what about all those packages from Amazon and Walmart -- do you take a Clorox wipe to the box, or leave it out for days? Do you need to wear a face mask 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 the package is considered low.
So what about packages that arrive the same day, like food delivery services? Coronaviruses likethe one going around nowhave been found to last on surfaces for up to 9 days (RNA from the virus causing COVID-19 was foundup to 17 days later). However, the current knowledge is that it'ssafe to order takeout and groceries.According to the Food and Drug Administration, there's no evidence of the virus being transmitted through food or packaging.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.