Handling packages in a pandemic
Well it’s pretty clear that things have changed quite a bit in our world since the last time we spoke. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all rethinking not only what’s important, but how we go about everything we do. Social distancing, quarantine and self-isolation have all become terms that are common vernacular now and just those concepts alone have altered how we do business.
While we’re not medical experts, we are experts in what we do – and that’s delivering packages. And at a time where delivery is how we’re all getting by, we’re here to help pitch in however we can. Here are some things you can do to handle your packages in the safest possible way.
According to the CDC, there’s no real guidelines for handling packages. So with that in mind, we’ll just make sure that we pass along the same info – and that’s that washing your hands is the first line of defense. There seems to be a train of thought that the virus can live on certain surfaces and with cardboard – you never know what it might come across. Wash your hands when you handle your packages and if you’re on the receiving end – you might want to let your package sit for a day or two before you open it.
Wash those hands
Like we said above – wash your hands! Before and after. The CDC recommends washing for at least 20 seconds while lathering the backs of your hands, in-between fingers and even make time to try to get under your fingernails a bit. If there isn’t soap handy – use hand sanitizer.
Another CDC recommendation says that you should clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch frequently. So does that mean packages? Well to be honest- there isn’t a 100% answer either way – but it might not be a bad idea to use a Clorox wipe on the outside of the box. And then obviously – be sure to clean whatever surface it was on when you were handling it. Treat it just like you would treat doorknobs, light switches, counters, keyboards, toilers and the like.
Just remember as you read this – these are recommendations based on our personal opinions and CDC recommendations. Truth is that unfortunately they’re still not 100% sure how the virus spreads, although they do know things like respiratory droplets and the like can contribute. Our advice is to be diligent and erring on the side of caution won’t hurt you!
So good luck, stay inside, stay healthy and if you need delivery services, give us a call!