By now, we’ve all heard of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus that has been sweeping the globe.
Every day new measures, restrictions etc are coming into effect to help stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.
I will take this moment to reiterate the advice of medical professionals – excellent hand hygiene, staying home when sick and avoiding crowded places are your best defenses against becoming sick. This applies to COVID-19 as well as the common cold and influenza.
Flights have been cancelled, entire countries quarantined, sporting events cancelled – but what about our mail? Will mail service continue throughout this pandemic?
I’m definitely not trying to scare anyone, but it is something to consider… Our mail changes hands frequently, is exposed to parcels & envelopes etc from all over the world, community mailboxes (and keys) are visited/touched daily and likely uncleaned.
A few recommendations and cautions when it comes to handling your mail during this outbreak
- Avoid ordering necessary/time-sensitive/important things online just in case delivery gets delayed
- Wear gloves when you get the mail. It might sound crazy, but touching contaminated surfaces is one of the top modes of transmission. Dispose of your gloves ASAP
- Wash your hands after opening/handling your mail (or where gloves)
- Register for ebilling for your household bills
There is no indication yet that Canada Post, UPS, Purolator or any other companies are going to make changes, however the situation changes daily and you just never know. Better to be prepared!