Disinfecting: are you wiping down deliveries and mail?

Just how clean are those packages? Home deliveries, packages, groceries and mail delivery have become things to be wary of as we lock down ourselves and our homes. Where they came from, the germs that they might contain and the amount of time they should be left outside on the porch are all things we’re thinking about.  Did the delivery person wash his or her hands and could the packing have been done by someone who was unknowingly carrying the virus?

First off, according to the Canada Post website, we don’t necessarily need to be so fearful.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us it is safe to handle mail, including international mail. According to the PHAC, there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks. Currently, there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted by imported goods or packages” But, delivery people and postal workers can get coronavirus too, transfer droplets to your package, and on to you?.  As my mother used to say, you can never be too careful.

It’s smart to use hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and the classic hot soap and water, to  clean, sanitize, and disinfect everything that comes into your home. You might also want to wipe down your mail box, or the postal cubby in your condo. And, it’s still a good idea to wash your hands after handling packages, mail, credit cards or money that you’ve used to pay for things with.

After all, you can never be too safe.

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