In response to concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), FIFY7KIND (aka Gabrielle) I want to provide my much-loved and valued customers with accurate information. Your health and safety and mine, are my number one priority, and I want you to have the ability to make an informed decision about your purchases. Here’s what I am doing:
- I have complete control over my stock and who handles it. Although coronavirus cannot live long outside of a body and the CDC states that the spread of the virus through contact with surfaces and objects is unlikely, I am taking these extra precautions:
- Unboxing all new ingredients received while wearing disposable gloves.
- The boxes are discarded and do not come into my lab or storeroom.
- The ingredient containers are sprayed and cleaned with 99% Ethanol before being stored in the ingredient cupboard.
- I am being diligent about hand-washing, sanitizing my workspace, lab, and all equipment while continuing to following Good Manufacturing Practices.
How long does coronavirus live on surfaces?
A recent study suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can live in aerosols and on various surfaces for anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days:
- In the air (aerosolized form) - up to 3 hours
- On cardboard (or other porous surfaces) - up to 24 hours
- On plastic or stainless steel (or other hard, shiny surfaces) - up to 72 hours
Most packages are shipped in cardboard boxes, and before they have made it to its destination, it has already traveled for some time and through a variety of temperatures.
According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), the likelihood of an infected person contaminating goods is low, as is the risk of catching COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures.
That best practice is to assume all you’ve touched maybe covered in the coronavirus and regard your hands as contaminated - do not touch your face and wash your hands with detergent for at least 20 seconds.
What precautions should you take when receiving packages?
If possible, the box should be opened outside and recycled without entering the home. If the item isn’t needed urgently, leave the box out (in a safe place) to wait out the 24-hour lifespan.
If you need to take the package indoors prior to 24 hours, be sure to have a disinfected landing pad this means everything the package has touched this could be: a tabletop, counter, piece of floor, and disinfect anything the box touched inside your home.
Wash your hands after opening your package. The World Health Organization advises that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 from a package is low. However, just to be safe, and I know I am repeating myself! but PLEASE, after opening a shipping box containing your order, avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes, or face until you’ve washed your hands.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time..
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