Hundreds of cases of COVID-19 have been reported within the US Postal Service, and thousands of employees have had to self-quarantine, so some people may be concerned about contracting the coronavirus from a contaminated piece of mail.
But there are several reasons why you may not need to worry about getting sick from your postal mail.
As it turns out, getting the mail is quite safe even in the midst of a global pandemic, according to experts Business Insider spoke with. Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of public health and microbiology at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Bernard Camins, an infectious disease specialist and a professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, both told Business Insider that the risk of falling ill as a result of a contaminated piece of mail is incredibly low.
“The chances of COVID-19 being spread through the mail that you receive is extremely low, and not something that people need to worry about at all,” Camins said. Both he and Gerba said that the novel coronavirus likely can’t survive for very long on mail under normal shipping conditions, and that only trace amounts of the virus are able to transfer from paper to a person’s fingers. According to both experts, though contaminated objects could potentially pose some risk, people’s main concern should be maintaining social distance in public.