As members of our communities, we have a responsibility to those communities. Responsibility to and compassion for our communities - let these be the virtues which guide us as we navigate through this pandemic.
Should you be afraid of COVID-19 Coronavirus? For yourself? Family? Community? Why should precautions be taken to prevent the spread of contagion? Is it safe to get mail?
COVID-19 Coronavirus is not deadly for most people (even if they become infected), but it is highly contagious, does spread fast and can make many people sick all at the same time. This is one of the core problems - when so many people become sick all at the same time, the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed, thus, people are advised to stay home when sick, go out among the public only when necessary, and to practice social distancing. So, even if you yourself are unlikely to get deadly sick, we should all practice infection control precautions for two primary reasons - 1) to help prevent the spread of the virus to those for whom this virus could be deadly, and 2) to support our local, national and global healthcare communities from becoming overwhelmed and unable to adequately care for the sick.
GLOBALLY (not here in the USA), the death rate associated with this virus is about 3% to 4% (and may be lower as statistics become more reliably known). At least two strains exist of this virus - a less virulent and a more severely virulent form. Death from Coronavirus is rare in the USA.
According to the CDC, "Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most Coronavirus illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness."
According to the CDC and the World Health Organization, you are unlikely to become infected with coronavirus from your mail and packages. The risk of of transmission of coronavirus from a package is very low. Here are preventative measures you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Follow these steps to safely manage packages and mail upon drop-off:
- Avoid direct contact with the delivery person
- Leave the package outside for a few hours and/or spray it with aerosol disinfectant before handling
- Dispose of all outer packaging immediately
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or more
- Disinfect any high-touch surfaces you had contact with after handling
- Avoid touching your face, including your mouth, eyes and nose
Let us be responsible. Let us practice compassion. Together.