How to Handle Your Packages and Mail to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in multiple ways, including travel restrictions, mandatory social distancing, and much broader guidelines for maintaining health and safety. It has also caused a debate on how the virus spreads and what are the chances of contracting it from packages.

Studies suggest that although the virus can survive on surfaces (up to three days on plastic and 24 hours on cardboard), there is no evidence that it’s transmissible through goods, packages, and mails.

Experts believe that the novel coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze. It is also reassuring that packages are shipped and delivered over days or weeks, and so, the likeliness of contracting coronavirus from mails is low.

However, there’s always a risk of getting an infection through mail carriers and package handlers in case they are carrying the virus. If you’re touching items and packages that someone else has recently handled, there are chances of contagion. Take preventative measures to protect yourself and your family.

Tips to Safely Manage Your Packages and Mail

Here are some tips for managing your mails and delivery packages safely.

  •  Avoid any direct contact with the delivery person.
  • Keep the package lying outside for a few hours and use an aerosol disinfectant before handling it.
  • Immediately dispose of all outer packaging and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, and nose after handling the package.
  • Disinfect all high-touch surfaces you had direct contact with after handling.

To have peace of mind and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 from packages and mail, you can rely on MDS Inc. for your mail and delivery needs. Located in Southern California, we offer expert courier & mail delivery services in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County. Contact us for more information today.

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