It’s a legitimate question spread across the world that “Does coronavirus spread in the mail from China?” — because we import so many products from China.
“Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk according to the previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages”, according to WHO’s opinion.
One of the best solutions not affected by rumors is to learn the scientific principle of 2019nCoV such as transmission principle.
According to data from the National Health Commission(NHC), there are three transmission ways for the 2019nCoV: Respiratory droplet transmission, contact transmission, and aerosol transmission.
Droplet transmission is also called direct transmission. Infection may happen when close contact or direct inhalation of a droplet of sneezing, coughing, talking or exhaling from an infected patient.
Contact transmission Someone could be infected once touched the surface of an article contaminated by droplets carried with a virus, and transmitted the virus to one’s mouth, nasal cavity, eyes or other mucous membranes.
Aerosol transmission Someone could be infected once inhaled aerosols formed by a patient’s droplets or blood mix in the air.
According to the National Health Service(NHS), most viruses that cause colds only survive on hands for a short amount of time. Although some cold viruses have been shown to survive on surfaces for several days, their ability to cause an infection reduces rapidly and they don’t often survive longer than 24 hours.
Besides cold viruses, Flu viruses capable of being transferred to hands and causing an infection can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours. Infectious flu viruses can survive on tissues for only 15 minutes. Like cold viruses, infectious flu viruses survive for much shorter periods on the hands. After 5 minutes the amount of flu virus on hands falls to low levels. Flu viruses can also survive as droplets in the air for several hours; low temperatures increase their survival in the air.
Therefore, if your customers are worried about parcels shipped from China and want to have a cancellation for orders, please tell them the parcels will not do harm to them. The parcels after weeks’ transportation are unable to cause transmission of this 2019nCoV because the virus doesn’t have an infection even if it luckily survives.