I was concerned about the safety and health of my customers as well as myself when receiving packages in the mail because of this virus. The cases of Coronavirus or COVID-19 were increasing daily, and this meant packages and mail were more and more likely to come in contact with people carrying the virus as the days went by.
Since learning more about the virus' lifespan on surfaces I'm feeling much better about handling mail and packages. According to studies conducted by the National Institute of Health, the coronaviruses can live up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on smoother/harder surfaces like plastic or steel.
For anyone ordering anything online this meant that by the time a package arrived (3 days transit) any possible virus inside the box is most likely dead, and after 24 hours any possible virus on the outside of the box would be dead too - and that's if a package even came in contact with an infected person.
Now the CDC is saying that coronavirus is not likely to be transmitted via contact with surfaces, so getting coronavirus from packages is very unlikely. Despite this, it's recommended that you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after handling packages anyways.