It has been revealed that the coronavirus can live for up to 24 hours on packages. This has serious implications for postal staff and for those signing for and receiving packages at home or at work. This is a large chain of people encompassing the person delivering the package to the receptionist or the mail room taking it and it then being passed to the intended recipient. On The Today Show, Dr John Torres advised that people should throw out their outside packages and wash their hands. (We advise recycling if the packaging is recyclable. The recycling policy of your organisation may need to be revised in the light of the coronavirus to ensure safe handling, safe storage and safe disposal.) Dr Torres is advising that packages should be disinfected or not touched for 24 hours.
Dr Torres said, “Anywhere from copper around four hours to stainless steel and plastic two-three days. Cardboard is right down the middle. 24 hours is how long it could live on there and still be what we call viable, meaning it could still pass on coronavirus.”
Advice from NHS UK
How to stop infection spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
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