With over 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, people have been utilizing online shopping now more than ever.
According to Statista, hygiene product purchases rose 25%, and household cleaning supplies jumped up to 21% since this pandemic arrived.
What is even more shocking, 42% of the US population have bought groceries online since COVID-19. That is double what it was in 2018.
Though this helps with complying with CDC social distancing regulations, what about the packages brought to your doorstep?
If you are concerned about your mailroom staff coming into contact with COVID-19 through package deliveries, then you need to implement proper safe handling measures for them to follow.
A recent study shows the coronavirus can survive on cardboard (the material most packages are made of) for up to 24 hours. This lengthy survival window significantly increases a package handler’s odds of becoming infected.
At the time of this article, ten Amazon warehouses have workers who tested positive for the virus. Were the workers infected through exposure to other infected workers or contact with contaminated packages? There is no definitive answer.
This question leads to an important one you should be asking yourself. Are contaminated packages being delivered to you? Most likely, they are. For this reason, you must take proper precautions to ensure your staff’s safety and protection.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the probability of becoming infected from package handling is low. However, it does not mean it is impossible.
It’s a new world. Whether you have been an avid online shopper before COVID-19 or have recently adapted, handing packages safely is essential to ensure optimal health during this time and well beyond.
To learn how our TekTrack package tracking system can help during this pandemic, contact us by phone or e-mail. If you would like a high-level overview of TekTrack, visit our TekTrack Package Tracking software page.