Corona virus, current pandemic, has made many supermarket shelves complete clear of essentials and other supplies. This condition had made people resetting to online shopping and receive the product at their doorsteps. People who are not the user of Amazon are now directing toward these e-commerce websites. There are many reasons for it. Firstly, shortage of essentials in the market and secondly the risk of getting an infection. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus makes online retailers hard to meet the customers' demands. As per the CNBC recent report, the next day and the same-day delivery services provided by Amazon, Walmart, and Instacart are facing delays in some regions of the state because of health issues.
Both retailers and customers are concerned about the spread of virus via packaging. Now leading e-commerce platforms are taking necessary precautions to add extra protection. Online buying can add the extra layer of novel coronavirus protection since it restricts the direct contact with a considerable number of individual. Online shopping seems the safest option in this current situation. But there is one question that is worrying most of the consumers. Could these online shopping trends lead to the spreading of virus via packages and mails?
Self- isolation and social distancing increasingly become a norm (and, in various cases, the government order) during this current pandemic. As per the government order, most Americans are avoiding the crowd at the grocery store and Costco and switch to online shopping. But do you know the customized shipping boxes in which item arrive is sterilized? There are chances that several people touch the box- the person who packs the items, place the food in the restaurant to go boxes, and the individual who handed you the box or bag. There is a long list of the people involved from the time of placing the order until you deliver at your doorstep. How much precaution can you take? Is there any way to deliver and receive the article safely?
In the guideline to disinfect and cleaning home with confirmed and suspected cases of novel virus, the CDC says, "coronavirus remains on the surface form hours to days" Their lifespan depends upon various factors like temperature, humidity, and material type. Most online retailers use packaging cardboard boxes for shipping the article because of several advantages. But on the other hand, it is essential to understand how long the virus remains on the corrugated shipping boxes. According to the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory study with National Institutes OF health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the novel virus could remain on the cardboard material 24hours. But you can't rely on this figure because it is based on the limits-scale study. It is best to take precautions. But there is one thing clear after these studies that are new virus life span is less on the corrugates material than the plastic containers.
As per the CDC, advice on protecting yourself from the coronavirus does not include the package disinfecting. CDC platform generally advice to wash your hands and maintain social distancing. In COVID-19 spread guides, CDC says there is not a clear picture of how this virus spread, but it though spread via respiratory droplet. There are chances that infected people might touch the surface and transfer the virus there. So it is necessary to disinfect the cardboard package surfaces.
There are specific guidelines by the WHO that you must follow when receiving and delivering the package boxes:
The CDC took guidelines from previous virus, because of its poor survivability, the chance of spreading from packaging is low. But still, it is essential to take mandatory precautions while receiving ad sending the articles. Whenever visit the courier service office, do not touch the surfaces unnecessarily and wash the hands regularly.
While sending or receiving the shipping boxes always puts you at the risk of getting infected by the coronavirus. Here is some guideline that you need to follow.