Can the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survive on Packages?
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or product shipping from China?
There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Keep in mind that China produces 98% of all medical and work safety gear for the world. Only 1% respectively is produced in the USA and Taiwan and these sources have been depleted immediately after the outbreak for months to come.
Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are beta coronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is an extremely low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets.
Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States or elsewhere associated with imported goods.
Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.
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