CoronaVirus - Implications on shipments from China

Question: Can you contract the Coronavirus from shipments originating from China?

The question a lot of people are asking us.. Can you contract the Coronavirus from shipments originating from China?

We are all aware that residents at the epicenter of China’s mysterious viral Coronavirus outbreak are quarantined, but their export shipments are not currently. So does this pose a risk to recipients of export shipments from China?
It’s a legitimate question — especially in Europe — because we import so many products from China.
A report from U.S. health officials said on Monday there is no evidence to support the transmission of the new coronavirus through imported goods.
“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely “very very low risk” of spread of the virus from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for Disease Control’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a Monday morning press briefing.
Even in a worse case scenario — say, a sneezing person packaged your goods which are subsequently shipped to you indirectly via air freight Service or FedEx — isn’t dangerous.
To be sure, there isn’t research about the specific resiliency of this virus, because it is so new. But studies show that its cousin viruses, SARS and MERS, only live for few hours on the surface of an object.
This type of virus is spread most often by respiratory droplets from one person to person.
It typically takes at least two days for a shipment to get from China to Hong Kong, then a further two days to ship by air from Hong Kong to Europe.
Ultimately the virus would not be able to survive this period of time to remain live to cause infection. Therefore the risk of infection from the Coronavirus through the shipment of goods is classed as extremely low.


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