FedEx just emailed me: Safety Above All During COVID-19 (about touching packages?)

We recognize the trust you place in us when we deliver to your doorstep, shipping dock or place of business.

That’s why I want to share an update on the actions we are taking at FedEx to keep you – and our team members – safe amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Safety Above All” is something we take incredibly seriously at FedEx. We are listening to recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we strive to help protect our customers and our team members.

We are giving our team members facts about COVID-19 and reminding them to follow simple, but effective steps to keep them safe such as frequent handwashing. We are disinfecting our facilities and equipment as appropriate. And as always, we are encouraging our team members to take any signs of illness seriously and seek medical attention as needed.

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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may have wondered, “Is that package safe to touch?” The WHO has answered that question for us. They’ve made it clear that it is safe to handle a package, even if it comes from a place where the virus has been reported.

(here’s a link to the 2nd half of the email, couldn’t grab the entire thing, so:

Here’s the link that was in the email. It goes to the WHO website corona FAQ:

www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses?

From the link, this info seems to contradict the FDX assertion that ‘packages are safe’ . If Packages are safe, then wouldn’t we all just wrap ourselves in packaging tape?

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How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

 

h/t DeploraVision

 

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