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'No evidence' that coronavirus is spread through mail, United States Postal Service says

As the country continues seeing a growing list of closures to stop the spread of coronavirus, one service that hasn’t been canceled is mail delivery.
FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKYC) — As the country continues seeing a growing list of closures to stop the spread of coronavirus, one service that hasn’t been canceled is mail delivery.

As far as how the coronavirus is spread, the United States Postal Service says mail isn't a factor.

“The CDC, the World Health Organization and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail,” the United States Postal Service said in a statement.

USPS said their teams are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation while sharing guidance to all employees.

The USPS also noted the following:

  • According to The World Health Organization, “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.”
  • According to the CDC, “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.”

The push to continue delivering mail is a reflection of their unofficial motto: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

“The Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of its compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. The Postal Service delivers medications, social security checks and is the leading delivery service for on-line purchases.”

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