There are many common misconceptions about packaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to bust the myths and provide you with correct information.
This post will be updated as new information is discovered.
You can still receive mail and packages as it is very unlikely that the virus could be acquired. In the time involved in shipping, the temperature changes, and types of material used, there is likely a very low risk of spread from products or packaging explains the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Additionally, the CDC states that there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods as the virus is most often spread by respiratory droplets.
Another common concern is that popping bubble wrap can release the virus. This is not true. You cannot get infected from the air in popped bubble wrap or other inflated packaging according to UTHSC.
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As long as you take precautionary measures, Hackensack Meridian Health explains there is a very low risk of the mail or package causing infection. These measures include avoiding direct contact with the delivery person, leaving the package or mail outside for a few hours or spraying with an aerosol disinfectant, disposing of outer packaging immediately, and washing hands thoroughly for 20 or more seconds. If the virus was on the mail, you would need to touch your face for there to be a chance of spread.
As stated by the FDA, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food. The CDC describes that because of the poor survivability of the virus on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from food products or food packaging that are shipped over a period of time, refrigerated, or frozen.
Additionally, it is always important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Following other good food hygiene practices, such as separating raw meat from other foods, cooking food to the right temperatures, and refrigerating foods promptly, are also recommended by the FDA when handling or preparing foods.
There is still a lot that is unknown about how long Coronavirus can survive on surfaces, but a study from National Institutes of Health, among others, suggest that it can survive on copper up to 4 hours, cardboard up to 24 hours, plastic and stainless steel up to 2-3 days, and in the air up to 3 hours.
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Rocket Industrial is not a medical professional and this writing was created for informational purposes only. Please look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and consult a qualified health care professional with any questions or concerns.