Can coronavirus survive on Amazon packages? What to know
Coronavirus can survive on surfaces for days, so what does that mean for the mail and food you get delivered to your door?
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The coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for nine or more days, so is it safe to touch the packages from Amazon and Walmart you've been ordering? Should you take a Clorox wipe or Lysol spray to the box or leave it outside for several days? Do you need to wear a face mask or gloves when opening your mail?
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It certainly won't hurt for you to take extra precautions at home if that's your preference. The most consistent advice we've seen is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after handling packages and their contents. If you'd like, you can also dispose of the packaging right away, and wash your hands again. Here's more information about the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes.
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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.