The United States Postal Service® is monitoring the circumstances around the novel coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19.” Strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments have been put in place. The CDC’s guidance is being shared amongst USPS® employees through a multitude of channels, including stand-up talks, employee news articles, messages on bulletin boards, videos and an intranet site directly to employees and within USPS workplaces.
The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.
Currently, the USPS is not experiencing operational impacts as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and they are using this time to review/revise contingency plans should they be needed. You can view their most recent media statement and find a link to the CDC guidance at https://about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm.
Regarding the importation of packages, the CDC states there is likely very low risk that the COVID-19 can be spread from products or packaging shipped from China, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces. Also, according to the CDC, there currently is no evidence to support the transmission of coronavirus associated with imported goods; and there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.
Stay updated on the latest developments by visiting https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/.
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