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Probably during this time many of us have done online shopping or ordered more food at home, and since we cannot go to the physical stores or restaurants to take our order, the only solution is to have the package delivered by courier.
But what happens to all the packaging in which the products we order during this period are placed? Should we disinfect each one as we do with different surfaces or with food? In this regard, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control has an answer for us. It states that there is a very low risk that the new coronavirus will spread in packages that have been shipped over several days.
At the same time, the World Health Organization also found that it is highly unlikely that a package will be contaminated after being exposed to different conditions, and therefore the risk of a person becoming infected with coronavirus after it has reached its packaging iis low.
But what happens to packages that arrive on the same day the order is placed, such as those from the services that deliver food? According to the Food and Drug Administration, there is so far no evidence that the virus would be transmitted through food or packaging.
Also, the World Health Organization says that the risk of food contamination up to the shelves of stores is quite low.
Several weeks ago, studies by specialists found that the new coronavirus can withstand plastic and steel for up to 72 hours, on paper and glass between 4 and 5 days, on wood 4 days, and on cardboard up to 24 hours.
However, it does not hurt to take some precautionary measures. One of the tips often given is to pay attention to hygiene, and in this sense we must wash our hands at least 20 seconds after touching the different packages. When we come in contact with a courier who delivers these packages to us at home, it is advisable to wear a mask, but also protective gloves.