Are Delivery Packages Safe from the Coronavirus?
virus remained infectious on these surfaces.
So what’s the answer?
The answer seems to be no. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets and there is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 with imported goods.
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“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures,” the CDC said on its website.
So now what?
Since we are learning in real time about this virus, there are constant updates. So while the CDC may say something one minute, we might learn something new about the virus the next. So some experts say, err on the side of caution.
How do you do that? It’s a simple 3 step process.
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- Wait – If you can wait for your times, then wait 12 to 24 hours before bringing in your package indoors. This helps with the whole notion of how long the virus can live on the surface of the box
- Wipe down all your products – It doesn’t take long to wipe down your box of goodies with sanitary cloth that kills germs before you open them. This further will kill any germs still lingering around
- Check the packaging – Be sure that all of the indoor packaging is done
How Amazon’s Latest Buyout Could Affect Your Prescriptions
Amazon’s recent acquiring of online pharmacy PillPack, has been widely seen as a move that will disrupt the pharmacy business and could have a positive impact on patient engagement access to affordable prescriptions.
PillPack targets a specific sector of patients who have to take several different medications at any time. It packages pills in individual packets that help people remember when to take their drugs every day, an issue faced by many people taking, for example, drugs for diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressures and cancer.
Buying PillPack is not Amazon’s first move into healthcare. It already sells over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and antihistamines here in America, in addition to vitamins, supplements, and other health-related products. It even launched its own line of off-brand medicines called Basic Care in mid-2017 which sells medical supplies such as face masks and swabs and plans to expand into supplying hospitals and clinics with them as well.
Those who are watching the move closely anticipate that Amazon will eventually drive drug prices down due to its almost monopoly-like control over the delivered goods industry.
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