Millions of Americans are stuck at home with 21 states having implemented stay-at home orders effective by March 27th. With everyone that is working and staying at home, the Coronavirus is causing more people than ever before to shop online. Amazon has reported that they are hiring 100,000 warehouse workers to meet the unprecedented increase in demand. There has also been a strain on both restaurants and delivery apps to keep up with the surge of orders.
These delivery services are also attempting to combat the Coronavirus by enacting new policies. Amazon has enacted better social distancing and safety policies in their warehouses. Food delivery services have responded to the Coronavirus by enacting contactless delivery options. However, even with these new policies, at least 8 Amazon warehouses have already had workers test positive for the Coronavirus.
With this in mind, the American people may be allowing the Coronavirus into their homes unknowingly on the packaging of their deliveries. A recent CDC Report, studying the Diamond Princess cruise ship, has shown that there were still traces of the Coronavirus 17 days after it emptied of passengers. Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed that it took up to 24 hours before no Coronavirus particles were detected on cardboard. These studies show that the American people need to take precautions with sanitizing their deliveries, or risk potential infections.
Precautions you can take:
- Open your package outside so as to limit the number of indoor surfaces they touch;
- Use gloves if possible, take whatever it is out of the box, wipe it down and get rid of the box and gloves;
- Wipe down all surfaces the items and boxes touched with something that contains at least 70% isopropyl alcohol;
- When finished, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Plate food deliveries and microwave for thirty seconds.