How To Safely Handle Packages During the Pandemic

Posted on March 25, 2020

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With the parts of the world under quarantine, social distancing in place nearly everywhere, and people choosing to self-isolate, the world may seem a bit overwhelming at times. Because of the recent events, several people are relying on courier services in Boston to receive anything and everything. However, this also leads many to wonder if their packages are safe for handling.

While our team is far from experts in the field of medical science, we are experts in the courier industry. In this article, we offer you guidelines for handling deliveries in the safest possible manner.


Handling packages

According to the CDC, there are no guidelines or advice on handling delivered packages. Given that, we’ll follow suit and recommend what we’ve all been told. Washing your handing is your first line of defense. However, if you’re able to leave packages outdoors for a bit of time safely, there’s no harm in doing so.   If not, consider bringing your packages indoors and allowing them to sit in a secluded area for a day or two.


Proper handwashing

After handling packages, again, it’s best to wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The CDC recommends washing for at least 20 seconds while lathering the backs, between your fingers, and under your fingernails. If soap isn’t available, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative.


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Disinfecting surfaces

Another recommendation from the Center for Disease Control is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily – does this include packages? Who are we to say. What we can tell you is that areas like doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, toilets, etc. all qualify under this category in the eyes of the CDC.


In conclusion, we’d like to remind everyone that the above is based on our personal opinion as well as the advice from the CDC. As “we don’t know exactly how the novel coronavirus is transmitted, it’s thought to be mainly through respiratory droplets between people who are within six feet of each other,” according to the CDC. However, airing on the side of caution never hurt anyone!

During these times, remember that Fleet Couriers is here for all of your courier services in Boston. Contact us today for more information (800) 734-9309.