Order Up, Not so Fast My Friend!
Right now I am only ordering something if it’s absolutely necessary. That’s also my conservative values at practice, it’s the safest for these times.

In these confusing and unprecedented times, it’s best to be extra vigilant when bringing items into your home.

Shopping from home? How safe is that package at your doorstep during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Amazon is doing the best it has ever done with all Americans at home and shopping online. As we stay home isolated to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus, tens of thousands of workers at Amazon are delivering high-demand online shopping packages and groceries. Employees are planning to strike for better coronavirus protection and more access to paid sick leave and hazard pay.

A single cough can produce up to 3,000 COVID-19 droplets. This virus is so contagious!
There’s no such thing as a “zero risk” delivery. Any food or package handled by someone else carries the risk of COVID-19 contamination. How many “hands” touched the food or package in the stockroom or warehouse?

Right now I am only ordering something if it’s absolutely necessary. That’s also my conservative values at practice, it’s the safest for these times.

While there’s no such thing as a “zero risk” delivery, home deliveries are safer than going to the store. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the coronavirus, COVID-19 is detectable up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. Get cleaning!

The keyword here is detectable. Disease transmission from surfaces is low risk because while it can be detected on some surfaces days later, its viral-concentration levels drop off quickly!

If you’re like me and worried about the possibility of a delivery package being contaminated, there are steps you can take. This is what we practice in our home:

When your package arrives, leave it on the step for 1-2 days. Just keep an eye on it.
Wear gloves.
Bring it in to the garage or open the boxes outdoors and place any wrapping (cardboard, paper, etc.) in an outdoor garbage bin right away. I also leave all my mail in one pile in the garage for a few days before I open and touch it.
Wipe down the surface of the package contents with a disinfectant.
Wash your hands after handling any delivery or package.

In these confusing and unprecedented times, it’s best to be extra vigilant when bringing items into your home. But, above all, remain calm, thoughtful, it’s smart during these unprecedented times. Stay Calm and Stay Healthy!

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