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March 13th, 2020: COVID-19 and Secondhand Items


The CDC has stated that there is likely a very low risk that COVID-19 can spread from packages that are shipped over a period of days because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets and person-to-person contact. 

Secondhand items are unlikely to spread the novel coronavirus, especially if they’re washed or disinfected in between uses. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from soft surfaces like fabric to humans because of its absorbency but washing fabric with detergent and water will destroy viruses. Harder surfaces such as books and toys should be wiped down with disinfectants as a precaution. 

We will be monitoring the situation closely and if we learn of any cases globally that are associated with COVID-19 transmission via shipped items, we will inform our community promptly.While the USPS is undertaking all measures to minimize the impact on their customers, it’s possible that we may see delays in package deliveries over the upcoming months. If you do need to mail a package in-person, please follow your local post office’s protocol.

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