The most recent Amazon warehouse worker to contract and test positive for the coronavirus worked at Amazon’s Moreno Valley, California fulfillment center.
Workers have tested positive in New York City; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Jacksonville, Florida; Katy, Texas; Brownstown, Michigan; Oklahoma City; Moreno Valley; and Wallingford, Connecticut, according to the Washington Post.
Amazon’s fulfillment centers have been deemed essential and remain open during the country’s fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
With many households ordering goods online, and 8 warehouse workers being diagnosed with COVID-19, this raises the question: Should people ordering from Amazon, be nervous about receiving packages?
The answer, isn’t exactly black and white. Scientists have stated that to the best of their knowledge, the coronavirus can remain viable on cardboard for up to 24-hours and on plastic and steel for up to 72-hours.
If you are receiving packages in the mail — whether they are from Amazon, Ebay, or any other outlet, you should follow the following practices when receiving the packages and opening them. This also applies to your daily mail.
- Wipe down all packages and mail with a sanitizing wipe.
- Open the packages, dispose of the packages outside or directly into the trash.
- Wipe down what ever product you have received with a sanitizing wipe.
- Immediately wash your hands for 20-seconds or longer, using soap and warm water.
- It wouldn’t hurt to top all that off by sanitizing your hands after you wash them.
The company recently announced plans to hire 100,000 new U.S. employees to help keep up with the growing demand of Americans who are trying to get needed food and supplies without leaving their homes.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be smart. Wash your hands.