How Should I Handle Packages during Covid-19?

At Delvie's Plastics, we are being extremely mindful of methods to ensure our fellow co-workers, families, and of course, customers, stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have encouraged employees who can work from home to do so, and we are taking strict measures to ensure our warehouse, and all packages that leave our warehouse are disinfected. 

That being said, once a package leaves our warehouse, we are no longer in control of how it is handled. Luckily, our shipping partners are taking their own precautions to avoid further spread of the virus. 

  • FedEx is reinforcing high standards of hygiene and has also suspended most requirements for the signature of packages.
  • UPS is taking similar precautions and is also helping limit contact with the delivery person by using UPS My Choice, a free option that allows packages to be left where you choose
  • The United States Postal Service is also following safety guidelines from the CDC.

Still, even with these measures, you may wonder what else you can do to ensure packages are fully disinfected before bringing them into your home.

Can the Coronavirus live on packages?

As many people are asking this exact question, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.” This means the virus has the potential to live on cardboard. With that, they followed up by saying “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.”

Should I still disinfect my packages?

In an abundance of caution, you may choose to remove outer packaging outside of your home, ensuring you wash your hands immediately following contact with the package. 

Keep in mind, each time you leave home you come into contact with other things that are considered 'frequently touched surfaces", which necessitates thorough hand washing. 

You may also use disinfectant wipes on the package, and/or material as an extra precaution. Again, these methods are not mandated by the CDC, but may help you feel more comfortable as an extra precaution against the spread of Coronavirus. 

Our main concern is the health of you, and your family. If you have any questions before ordering, please don't hesitate to call us directly at 800-533-5843, or email us at

We hope you stay safe and healthy through all of this. 

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