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Do postal items from China cause a risk of corona virus infection?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have had explanations to reassure service users.


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Up to now, the COVID-19 has caused tens of thousands of people around the world to get infected and produced a lot of troubles and disruptions to the business operation and transportation. The influence of the COVID-19 is evident in the technology industry as China is one important chain in the world supply chain. Many technological products that you are using are manufactured in China. The question is whether you can get infected by this new Corona virus in receiving a mail or a parcel sent directly from China?

In fact, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) assert that there is no evidence that the Corona virus can spread through exported and imported goods.

The COVID-19 FAQ page on the CDC website says that basing on the knowledge of SARS and MERS viruses, it is concluded that “there is hardly a possibility of spreading the Corona virus from goods to goods shipped for many days and even weeks in different environmental conditions”.

"Addressees who receive a mail or parcel do not bare any risk to be infected by this new Corona virus" WHO also said, "from our experience, we know that this virus cannot survive for a long time on such subjects as a mail or parcel."

There appears a trend that many foreigners refuse to receive parcels from China, China Post has also officially announced on its website to reassure its customers. "Even if the parcel is sent by an infected person, this parcel is not a means of virus infection"- this website said.