With store shelves sparse, more people are turning to delivery services & shopping even more online than ever before, especially from places such as Amazon. Not only does it make sense in regards to social distancing, but it also may be the only way to get certain products. As the deliveries pile up in front of your door, you may begin to wonder if they too could be carrying the virus.
So, can coronavirus spread through the mail? The answer… for the most part, no. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Although the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Furthermore, at this time, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods & there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. This conclusively means, even packages & goods from countries with high infection rates, such as China & Italy, are more than likely safe.
The information included in this blog post is based on the information from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at the time this post was written; however, to ensure you have the most recent & accurate information, we encourage you to follow the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC & the WHO.