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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: Concerns About COVID-19 and Mail

Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 20:05:24-04

There are more than 600,000 employees with the United States Postal Service. Most of those employees come into contact with hundreds or thousands of pieces of mail every day.

One viewer called into our problem solvers coronavirus hotline and said, "I am curious if the mail handlers at the post office are wearing gloves and if the mail carriers are wearing gloves."

Officials with the United States Postal Service told 2 Works for You, “We are strongly encouraging all of our employees to follow CDC’s recommendation (that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain), but we are not making face coverings mandatory consistent with CDC guidance. We also are continuing to provide masks if employees request them, and are also allowing employees to use their own personal cloth face coverings while on duty if they prefer.”

USPS is “ensuring millions of masks, gloves and cleaning and sanitizing product are available and distributed to more than 30,000 locations every day through our Postal Service supply chain.”

It’s also important to note that the CDC, World Health Organization and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. 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.

If there is a coronavirus question you would like our problem solvers to look into, call our coronavirus hotline at 918-748-1502 and leave a message.

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