While surface-to-person COVID-19 transmission via packages is technically possible, it’s rare — especially if you’re following the virus’s protection measures.

Here are some suggestions for being safe while accepting deliveries and parcels:

  • Keep a safe distance from the delivery person. Request contact-free delivery and advise the package to be stored in a secure location outside your home. Maintain a six-foot gap between yourself and the delivery person.
  • After touching your package, wash your hands. After throwing away the container, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Surfaces should be disinfected. If you open the packet on your kitchen counter, disinfect the counter with a household cleanser or a diluted bleach solution you can manufacture at home, for example.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. If the virus is on your hands and you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you could become ill. This implies you should try to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.
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