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Shipping Conditions Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

As measures are taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, essential personnel (i.e. grocers, healthcare works and medical suppliers) are asked to exercise caution by practicing social distancing and quarantining themselves when exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Limited exposure to others begs the question: do people need to stop placing orders with Amazon and other major carriers?

A recent study revealed that coronavirus does not survive for more than 24 hours on cardboard surfaces, in comparison to longer lifespans on certain metals like stainless steel.

Additionally, standard freight shipping at ambient temperatures with exposure to humidity are likely to reduce the amount of time coronavirus can survive by even longer. The CDC also cited that there is a very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures, which should come as a relief not only to those staying at home, but to warehouse employees, truck drivers and grocers who are responsible for handling the stocking and transportation of goods.

However, if there are still concerns about handling products and shipments, it is safe to apply disinfectants such as Lysol or bleach.

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