If you're one of the many El Pasoans who feel Amazon and internet shopping is life, then all the talk and rising fears over the spread of the coronavirus might have you wondering if it’s safe to handle packages and products shipped from China.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, yes it's safe and no you won’t catch the new coronavirus from handling packages or mail from China. “Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of [coronavirus] associated with imported goods,” states the CDC on its website.

Under "Public Health Response and Current Situation " in the section pertaining to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, the nation's health protection agency specifically addresses that concern.

Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?

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. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

Whew, good to know. Because stores don't like their customers shopping in sweats and a food-stained t-shirt while drinking a beer.

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