Covid-19 Journal

How To Handle Online Delivery Packages During the Time Of Covid-19

With all of us staying indoors, it’s imperative to buy everything online. Now the question at large is, how safe is it to order your favourite products online? Well, it’s definitely safer than stepping out and buying things amidst people. Plus there are a couple of precautionary measures you can take to avoid any kind of contraction.

Below are a few simple steps you should take to handle your online delivery packages during Covid-19:

Step 1 - Disinfect Packages
A super simple thing to do is to disinfect the package with a disinfectant as soon as you receive it. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the virus disintegrates over the course of a day on cardboard. Your online goods are usually packed in a cardboard box, and it takes up to 2-10 days to get them delivered to you. Now unless a delivery person is infected and has sneezed right before delivering the package to you, you have nothing to worry about. And we’re disinfecting the package anyway.

Step 2 – Dispose The Delivery Box
After you’ve disinfected the package, simply dispose the box (preferably outside your house, in a disposable bag because we all need to be thoughtful about our neighbours too).

 Step 3 – Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands thoroughly with a good hand wash.

 Step 4 – Keep The Products In The Sun If Possible
Depending on the type of product you’ve ordered, you’ll have to take a call if it’s safe to keep the product out in the sun for 2-3 days. If it helps at all, 2-3 days have already elapsed between the time your order was processed and packed, and till the time it reached your doorstep. So the contamination risk is extremely low.