Can You Get Coronavirus From the Mail?

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The USPS is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and continues to follow strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and public health departments. The CDC, the World Health Organization and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

Mail is an essential service for purposes of compliance with state & municipality shelter-in-place orders and other social distancing restrictions, notably:
  • Delivering medications,
  • Social security checks, and
  • The leading delivery service for on-line purchases.
The CDC has not issued a formal alert addressing mail or commercial deliveries however, over the past 24 hours, reports state that researchers at the National Institutes of Health have raised concerns that the COVID-19 virus can remain airborne for several hours and active on surfaces including cardboard for a day or longer.

While such studies indicate a potential increase in risk, the probability of contracting COVID-19 through the handling of mail—which has been in the standard mail stream for several days—remains low, provided the handler follows common sense personal protective protocols.

USPS VOWS TO REMAIN OPEN AS ESSENTIAL SERVICE
 

truehue

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Cardboard for a day, and I believe I read somewhere that plastic was a little longer than that. Sending projects out wouldn't be the problem, the uncertainty lies with receiving packages. I've been setting all my packages on fire before I open them.
 

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kdw75

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The 24hours on cardboard was in laboratory conditions. They said that in the real world it would be less time, possibly significantly.

Just let your packages sit for 24 hours and you are good. I heard that on metal or plastics up to 3 days, but sunlight or UV light will kill it quickly, so just set your stuff outside for a couple hours. :)

If you are running UV inks, then it would sterilize the sheets as they are printed. How is that for propaganda to give the sales team.
 

Schnicklefritz

Active member
At our direct mail facility 2 employees out of 50 have stayed at home because of coughing but the rest show no signs of virus. Time will tell on this question.
 

John M Dean

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CDC examination of COVID-19 on cruise ships found virus on surfaces for 17 days

 

OffsetStorefront

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CDC examination of COVID-19 on cruise ships found virus on surfaces for 17 days

A relevant clarification from the CDC at the top of the article:
"A recent documented SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found on surfaces in cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess, before disinfection occurred. Live, infectious virus was NOT found. The authors’ finding does not indicate SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted from these surfaces."

A New England Journal of Medicine study shows infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for only up to 72 hrs on plastic & steel & up to 24 hrs on cardboard."
 

John M Dean

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A New England Journal of Medicine study shows infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for only up to 72 hrs on plastic & steel & up to 24 hrs on cardboard."

-Yes. This.
 

truehue

Member
A relevant clarification from the CDC at the top of the article:
"A recent documented SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found on surfaces in cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess, before disinfection occurred. Live, infectious virus was NOT found. The authors’ finding does not indicate SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted from these surfaces."

A New England Journal of Medicine study shows infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for only up to 72 hrs on plastic & steel & up to 24 hrs on cardboard."
Thank you for that update! That's a pretty big detail.
 

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