Can Coronavirus Spread on Mail? U.S. Postal Service Issues Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA —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.

That has left some wondering if it’s possible to be infected with coronavirus by touching their mail each day.

“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.”

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