(UnitedVoice.com) – More states are joining the world in lockdown mode as a response to the coronavirus. During these trying times, more people than ever are shopping online for food and household supplies. Still, despite the convenience, many are concerned about package safety.
Is it really safe to bring Walmart or Amazon boxes into your home?
Millions of people now order their needs from amazon but what if the packages are contaminated with coronavirus? https://t.co/Q7QPv40TLs
— Farid Bozorgmehr (@faridb2000) March 22, 2020
What if you decide to support your local restaurants by ordering a pizza for delivery? Are you risking your health by bringing in that pizza box and taking a big bite of delicious cheese and tomato pie?
According to experts, the virus can live on surfaces for hours.
Chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the CDC, Dr. Ian Williams, said there is “no evidence” that COVID-19 is transmitted through food.
The virus “really is respiratory, person-to-person. At this point there is no evidence really pointing us towards food [or] food service as ways that are driving the epidemic,” he added.
How to Sanitize Packages
As for that box from Walmart or Amazon, consider opening it outside to be extra safe.
Here are the steps to safely receiving and opening a package:
- Use gloves to open the box before bringing it in
- Dispose of the cardboard box in a recycle bin outdoors
- Wipe down the contents with disinfectant
- Get rid of any leftover packing materials
- Disinfect areas touched by the package
The coronavirus can live on surfaces for several hours — including cardboard. While most experts believe the risk of transmission from a package is low, it does still exist. Take these precautions to help avoid bringing the virus into your home.
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