It is now more important than ever to learn how to handle packages during the Coronavirus Pandemic that is changing life drastically minute by minute. Whether it is food delivery packages, or groceries, or even online shopping packages including your QNET deliveries, these packages pass through countless hands before they get to you. Even if you’re healthy, and don’t have anyone in your family that fall under the high-risk category for COVID-19, it’s better to be aware of the proper way to open and recycle packages during Coronavirus outbreak.
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There are two studies I could have used for this. One looked at previous coronaviruses (SARS, MERS-CoV, and HCoV) and was peer reviewed, the other one looked at this coronavirus specifically (COVID-19) but it was only published a week ago and hasn’t been peer reviewed. That second study found much shorter times (it found that the virus can survive on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours) but I wanted to steer on the side of caution. But also, now you have all the information so you can decide for yourself!
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There is not enough research on this strain of the Novel Coronavirus to know if it acts any differently to other coronaviruses. So, it is better to steer on the side of caution and go by what scientists do know about viruses in general. If you go by the latest studies which haven’t had a chance to be peer-reviewed yet, viruses can stay on plastic for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for 24 hours. Peer-reviewed studies show longer periods with viruses staying at least nine days on plastic.
Opening and Recycling Packages During Coronavirus Pandemic
Don’t panic. There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family from potential viruses that live on packaging. All you have to do is take these precautions.
1. Open the Package Outside
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How to Handle Packages? Lots of you are asking what the public health officials and doctors say about receiving packages. This is what I’m doing, based on the experts’ advice: still getting packages and food delivery. I ask the delivery person to please leave the boxes outside. Then I open the packages outside – touching them with a wipe or glove. Dispose of the packaging and glove/wipe outside. Wipe down the contents of the package with disinfectant and bring the contents inside. I’m told you can also opt to leave your external clothing outside if you live where there is some sun. Also I say a big thanks to the delivery person who is very busy supporting everyone now. #coronavirus #socialdistancing #stayhome #wellness #gratitude #healthyliving #wisdom Reposted from @jessicayellin
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While most experts say that viruses living on cardboard can disintegrate quite quickly, it is better to be careful. You can follow Kristen Bell’s advice and use gloves to open a package outside. Install an outdoor recycling bin, and leave the package there. Needless to say, leave the gloves outside as well.
2. Dispose of the Packaging Straight Away
If having an outdoor recycling bin or opening the packaging outside is not an option for you, unpack the contents of your package straight away, and throw the packaging away as soon as possible and not have it stay in the house. However, please make sure you dispose of it responsibly.
3. Disinfect Package Contents
Before you bring the package indoors, wipe them down and disinfect them using an alcohol-based disinfectant. If your delivery can be damaged with liquid, opt for a wipe instead. If your delivery is food, it doesn’t hurt to re-heat the contents just to be extra careful.
4. Wash Your Hands
We know, we know, you’ve heard this a billion times. But we cannot stress enough the importance of washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If your hands are sore from all the washing you’ve been doing, moisturise regularly as well.
The Actions QNET Have Taken So Far
At QNET, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and the government’s official advice in all countries we are active in.
Following the Malaysian Government’s implementation of a nationwide movement control that’s effective till 31 March, all our Malaysian offices will remain closed until then. Malaysia being the key operational and logistic hub for QNET, please expect temporary yet unavoidable delays in our product delivery. We are doing everything in our power to curb delays in our supply chains, and are currently working on adding additional capacity to deliver your orders.
Please feel free to reach out to us either through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Help Centre in your virtual office. If your country has live chat options, please talk to one of our customer service representatives.
Thank you for your understanding, and your continued patience as we try to cope with this unpredictable time as one QNET family. Stay healthy and safe amidst this global health crisis. We will make it through, together!
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