opening a package from China re:covid19
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Just got my T4's in the mail today and it was mailed from China, are there any safety measures to opening the package? re; covid 19. And what safety precautions when using the IEM's should I follow?
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tinamou62
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Mar 21, 2020
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Hi, just wanted to chime in to ease your worry! SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) dies quickly on cardboard (see: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973). On cardboard, after 48 hours, there is no viable virus left. The package has likely been stored/in transit for weeks, and likely has no viable virus on it. Furthermore, unless someone sick with COVID-19 directly coughed/sneezed on your package, you touched the package, then touched your face, you have almost 0 chance of catching COVID-19 from the packaging. From CNN, quoting a professor of food safety: "While it's possible that the virus gets deposited [on packaging] we have no indication from epidemiology or the literature that this is a risk factor for Covid-19 or other respiratory illnesses," Chapman said. "Even with the millions of cases of influenza each year, packaging isn't something we talk about." (this story is specific to food packaging, but the general rule still applies: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/health/food-safety-groceries-coronavirus-wellness/index.html). While new information could come out, our current understanding of the virus is that 1) Sick people likely don't spread it merely by touching things (unless they coughed/sneezed on their hands recently) and 2) Unless you touch your nose, eyes, or mouth, the virus can't penetrate normal human skin. Contact transmission, according to the CDC, is low-risk. Just make sure you're washing your hands after handling things that have been in the outside world. Stay safe! Source: I am an NIH biologist.
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Mar 21, 2020
J_Adams
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Mar 22, 2020
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Thanks, makes me feel better. It still stays in the shed til Monday LOL
Mar 22, 2020
tinamou62
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Mar 22, 2020
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Then you'd be totally fine! Enjoy them!
Mar 22, 2020
J_Adams
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Mar 21, 2020
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Thank you for your reply, Ill do a cleaning of all the parts in the package as a precaution anyway.
Mar 21, 2020
dgt5
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Mar 21, 2020
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Studies suggest that Coronavirus can stay viable on cardboard for 24 hours. Given how long it took for package to get to you, there should be no risk.
Mar 21, 2020