MIAMI, FL — While some people have been reluctant to handle their mail amid the coronavirus outbreak, it appears there is little science to back those fears up.
“The CDC, WHO, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through mail and packages,” explained Debra J. Fetterly of the U.S. Postal Service.
She said mail and package deliveries have continued throughout the health crisis though the Postal Service has made some adjustments to comply with social distancing guidelines.
“Customers shouldn’t approach a carrier to take a delivery, instead allowing them to leave the mailbox area before collecting it,” Fetterly said. “Most schools are not in session and children should also be encouraged to not approach a postal vehicle or carrier.”
If a delivery requires a signature, carriers will knock on your door rather than ring the bell.
“They will maintain a safe distance, and instead of asking for a signature on the mobile device, they’ll ask for a name,” Fetterly said. “The carrier will leave the mail or package in a safe place for retrieval.”
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The Postal Service has more than 600,000 employees throughout the United States involved with processing, transporting and delivering mail and packages.
Here are some additional measures the Postal Service has taken:
The Postal Service has released the following videos on coronavirus measures that have been put in place at mail stores and among mail carriers: