Is Online Shopping Package Safe Against Corona Virus Spread?

April 13, 2020

Is Online Shopping Package Safe Against Corona Virus Spread?

Studies show that the Corona virus (including COVID-19) can survive on the surface for several hours or up to several days. This raises various questions, such as what about packages ordered through various online stores? Do you have to be sprayed with disinfection liquid immediately or left outside for several days? Is it necessary to use a mask when opening it?

In the meantime, the answer to all the questions above is no. The reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the risk for the spread of the Corona virus from packages that had traveled for several days was very low. The World Health Organization also notes that the risk of a package being contaminated after being exposed to different conditions is low and therefore the risk of someone contracting the virus from a package is also considered to be very low.

What about packages that arrive the same day, such as food delivery services? Corona virus as it is now has been found to survive on the surface for up to nine days, while the RNA from the virus that causes COVID-19 is found up to 17 days later. However, the current knowledge is that ordering food and groceries on the same day is still relatively safe. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence the virus is transmitted through food or packaging.

However, it certainly doesn't hurt to take extra precautions at home. The most consistent advice is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after handling the package and its contents. After that, it would be better if you immediately discard the packaging and re-wash your hands.

If the situation forces you to leave the house, anticipate self-protection and ensure comfort for the whole family at home by reading 10 Tips to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission When Going Out of the House.