Health officials: No evidence of COVID-19 being spread through mail

Posted at 6:54 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 18:54:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Health officials say there is no evidence of COVID-19 being spread through your mail.

Because of the poor survivability of COVID-19 on surfaces, there is a very low risk of the virus spreading through food products or packaging shipped over a period of days, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is possible you can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it then touching your face, according to the CDC. This is not the main way the virus spreads.

It is safe to receive a package from an area where COVID-19 has been reported, according to the World Health Organization.

The following information was posted on its website about receiving packages:
"The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low."

The United States Postal Service is taking steps to protect its employees and customers, according to a statement posted on its website.