Package Safety During COVID-19
Last updated Apr 25, 2020
We’re closely following expert guidance during this crisis, and what we’ve learned so far is that the risk of COVID-19 transmission through handling packages is very low.
Per The World Health Organization, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package is also low.
Information we’ve gathered from the CDC and WHO indicate that the virus may persist up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on plastic, which means that transmission from buyer to seller and vice versa is very unlikely given the timelines involved in processing, inspecting, and shipping orders.
Our shipping carrier, USPS, is also taking safety and hygiene precautions very seriously and has stated that per the CDC, the WHO, and the Surgeon General, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. Again, the extended shipping and handling timeline from buyer to seller or vice versa indicates very low risk.
While we believe the risk of transmission via packages to be very low, out of an abundance of caution, we recommend taking the personal precautionary measures that feel right to you, including practicing good hygiene after handling packages. Learn more about the CDC’s disinfection guidance here.
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