With the extended COVID-19 crisis, social distancing and self-quarantine are now the order of the day for the foreseeable future. In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important to comply with the norms so that together, we are able to flatten the curve. While food deliveries and several other essential services continue to function, it remains important to receive and handle packages with care, considering the number of people and surfaces it might have come in contact with prior to reaching you.
Even if you have been quarantining at home it is advisable to take the needed precautions during this pandemic, especially when it comes to receiving anything that has been outdoors. Read on to know all about it.
Instead of receiving the package directly in your hands, opt for contactless delivery. Designate an area outside your house by keeping a crate or a bag along with a sign for the delivery person. Since most companies have stopped accepting cash and rightly so, stick to a prior online payment for a hassle-free experience. If by any chance you have to step out, make sure to request your service provider to leave the package in the designated spot, limiting face-to-face contact and wearing a mask throughout.
Experts have suggested that the virus can live on cardboard and other materials for up to 24 hours or more, so make sure to wear gloves while handling any courier. However, it's best to sanitize it first, using disinfectant wipes such as the WIPEOUT Sanitizing Wipes or a spray that serves the purpose. Dispose of the outer covering of the package as soon as possible, without bringing it inside the house.
Once you have the products with you, select a particular spot—your kitchen counter, for instance—where you can open and decontaminate them further, using an alcohol-based disinfectant. It’s beneficial to opt for an area that can be easily sanitized later. After you're done with the process, wipe down the entire surface with a WIPEOUT Sanitizing Wipe.
Throughout this process, it’s important to NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE in order to avoid the risk of transferring the virus from your hands. If by any chance the package is contaminated, there’s a high probability of getting infected by touching your face. To keep things safe, sanitize your hands with WIPEOUT Hand Sanitizer at regular intervals when cleaning the deliveries, washing them with soap and water for 25 seconds once finished.
Put these to practice and stay safe!