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Can the board suspend deliveries from outside carriers like USPS, Amazon, UPS, FedEx?
As people rely more heavily on e-commerce companies such as Amazon amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, it’s a question some customers have as they bring boxes into their homes. COVID-19 can remain “stable” on cardboard for up to 24 hours, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Variables affecting stability include temperature, air quality, and more.
The CDC says there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low,” the WHO noted.
A Penn State professor told Business Insider that the risk of transmission from packages is “incredibly low” because of the journey it takes to get to your door.
However, some Boards are recommending that residents should take appropriate measures if they are concerned about the possible transmission of the virus. That includes wiping down packages with sanitizer or placing them in a separate room for a matter of time.