Transmission of COVID outside?

A friend possibly might have COVID and she left so mail by my doorstep. How long do airborne particles stay outside and can it be contagious through mail? 

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  • 2 months ago

    The virus can be transferred from the envelopes to your fingers and then into your nose & eyes. The best policy it to leave the mail in the box 40 days and 40 nights. By then, the germs will have gotten bored and moved on.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The risk is very low.  It is very unlikely that the virus would still be living on the surfaces of the packages.  And in open air - any air particles would have been dispersed within minutes.

    If you are worried - then open the mail and discard the outer envelopes or boxes.

    Then wash your hands.

    The mail that was inside would not have been touched by the virus IF any virus was ever there at all.

  • kelvin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    not possible................

  • 2 months ago

    The odds of that are infinitesimally small to be as close to zero as you can get to be honest.

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  • 2 months ago

    Per a study at rutgers and another one at UC Davis:

    - if she sneezes and gets her snot all over the envelope

    - then within 2 hours, you touch the envelope

    - and "spoon feed" the virus into your nose or mouth (pick you nose, eat with your hands).

    You may acquire covid.

    A lot of stars have to align and a lot of stupidity has to occur for people to get covid from inanimate objects.

    - the virus does live on surfaces in a labs for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months = but it doesn't provide the type of viral load needed to cause an infection.

  • Marc
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There has not been one documented case of covid transmission by touch

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Outside, no worries,  but the mail could be infected, so dispose of the outer packaging, then sanitise your hands - or wear gloves.

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