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Should you be worried about transmitting COVID-19 from packages that arrive at your doorstep?
As people rely more heavily on e-commerce companies such as Amazon amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, it’s question some customers have as they bring boxes into their homes.
COVID-19 can remain “stable” on cardboard for up to 24 hours, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Variables affecting stability include temperature, air quality, and more.
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The CDC said “there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.”
“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 WHO noted.
A Penn State professor told Business Insider that the risk of transmission from packages is “incredibly low” because of the journey it takes to get to your door.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Amazon chief spokesperson Jay …read more