Coronavirus: How To Receive Packages Safely?

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The novel coronavirus may persist on objects/surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on different conditions such as temperature or humidity of the environment[1].

Do I need to disinfect my packages?

The CDC’s advice[2] on “protecting yourself” does not include any directions on disinfecting packages. Its general advice stands: Wash your hands frequently and avoid close contact with people.

Be a little more watchful

– Organize yourself and make a buying checklist

– Opt for online payment modes. Avoid handling cash or cards

– If possible, one person may place a combined order on behalf of the family

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While receiving the orders

– Keep a distance of at least 1 meter (an arm’s length) with the delivery persons

– Ask the delivery person to leave the package at your door (it’s for their safety too!)

– If available, opt for the option of contactless delivery

– Let only one family member receive any package

– If you can, remove outer packaging and throw it directly in the trash

– Do not hold the package against your clothes

After receiving your orders

– Do not pass the package through multiple hands.

– Do not move it to multiple places, pick one place to put the package.

– Wash your hands after receiving and opening the package.

– Keep a hand sanitizer always handy while handling packages.

1mg Super Tip: On the way to picking up your package, avoid touching “frequently touched surfaces,” such as an elevator button, doorknobs on the front door, or the touch screen pen used to sign a package.

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To Sum Up:

-Switch to Online Payment Modes

-Unwrap and immediately discard the outermost packaging

-Wash your hands afterwards

(The article is reviewed by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology and Dr. Ashish Ranjan, MD Pharmacology)

Recommended Reads:

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1. Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19). The World Health Organization (WHO).

2. How to Protect Yourself. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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