People are being asked to stay home and some have turned to shopping online as a distraction. COVID-19 new cases increase daily and it is understandable to concern about how this virus can spread via packages so the question is, it is still safe to buy online, is this such a big deal? Here are some precautions to take when receiving your online orders.
Tip 1: Arrange to have the package delivery outside, doorstep or nearby
This is a safety method, already popular for food delivery that is now being applied to keep people delivery safe and healthy. Say goodbye to the old habits like shaking hands with the delivery guy or holding your envelope with your mouth. Most of the big courier companies in Canada, if not all of them, are not asking customer for their signature confirming receipt so there it has never being easier and safer to shop online.
Tip 2: Drop the parcel on the floor
You might consider taking extra precautions so drop the parcel you just received on the floor, in a designated check-in area for this, usually the entrance of the apartment. So cleaning by wiping it with a towel and then, disinfecting by applying a homemade bleach spray.
According to Government of Canada official website, ¨Coronaviruses generally do not survive on surfaces after being contaminated. The risk of spread from products shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperature is very low. There is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages¨ so, having read this, online shopping is the way to go.
Tip 3 Keep yourself virus-free
One effective preventive measure is to wash your hands thoroughly after opening your online parcel. You have heard this may times but handwashing is the most effective method of infection control. If you have sanitizer, great, if don’t, just follow the 20 seconds rule and you will remove germs from hands so why to be afraid of your
If you think you don’t need to sanitize your boxes before touching or opening, just check this twitter out.
If anyone is using Amazon to deliver necessary supplies, sanitize your boxes before touching or opening. Apparently there is at least one @amazon delivery worker who actively spits on packages when delivering.
It is not known if he’s a carrier of the disease.
Please share pic.twitter.com/ZPfUUbIZO5
— •ㅅ• ㊰ 中村和幸 (@AokakesuKazu) March 28, 2020
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