What are we doing?
We continue to work hard to process and deliver as many orders as possible even through these difficult circumstances. We will continue providing the best delivery services for our customers which we are doing in line with preventative guidance from Public Health Authority. We have also made a series of adjustments to our parcel handling procedures. We are keeping our ways of working under continuous review.
Can your mail spread Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Scientists agree that the main means by which the COVID-10 virus jumps from an infected person to its next host is by hitching a ride in the tiny droplets that are sprayed into the air with each cough or sneeze. But with deliveries now at holiday levels as locked-down consumers shop online rather than in person, the question remains: Can you catch the coronavirus from the parcels and packages your mail carrier keeps leaving at your door?
The answer: For the most part, NO. Early on in the outbreak, the World Health Organization set out to dispel myths surrounding coronavirus—and the worry that coronavirus could travel from China via packages was one of them. According to the WHO, “People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus.”
But what about mail from other countries or domestic deliveries from areas where COVID-19 has been reported? In a Q & A, the organization states: “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 that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”
The conditions packages go through may also make it more difficult for the virus to survive. “It is likely that the temperature outside and the length of time the package is in shipping may impact the survival of the virus on that surface,” All that’s to say, of course, that even if coronavirus coronavirus did make it on to a package, it would likely not make it to your door.
If you’re still worried, follow the CDC’s general advice for protecting yourself from the coronavirus and wash your hands thoroughly after handling the mail.