Report: Don’t worry too much about mobile deliveries

The risks are minimal
by Dinzo Tabamo | Mar 29, 2020
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Like most of us mobile men, you’ve accepted that your car getting the longest rest it has had since you bought it—notwithstanding long vacations. A month, no, a lifetime ago, at the slightest craving we’d grab our car keys and go to the neighborhood burger/milk tea/samgyup joint. Now we stay home, work, and just hope the government knows what it’s doing (or at the very least stay home). 

Thank goodness for mobile deliveries, then. But what about that post shared in one of your mom’s gazillion Viber groups that the coronavirus can live for days on surfaces? 

Well, a report by The Washington Post says we will likely be fine ordering food or groceries online. It is true that the coronavirus is ‘detectable’ for up to 24 hours on surfaces like cardboard, but detectable isn’t the same as instant transmission. Far from it. Without a living host, the virus decays over time. On plastic surfaces the coronavirus concentration already decreases by half after almost seven hours.

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From the food preparation and delivery side, no employer will allow an employee who is sick—even in healthy, non-COVID times—report to work. What if the delivery person is asymptomatic? Then he or she won’t be sneezing or sniffling and then touching your food/package. 

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And if you really want to be sure about the food or groceries you just had delivered, wash your hands immediately after receiving the package. This BBC article provides useful tips for handling items from outside. 

But while it is a relief to know ordering online carries less risk than physically being in a supermarket with different people, remember the goal of why we’re all home and distancing from one another is to minimize—if not eliminate—risk. Do you really want milk tea, or you’re just bored? Maybe it’s better to order one big pizza for lunch and dinner than to order several times from different sources. 

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Unlike some reckless politicos, let’s use our skulls. Stay home, go out only when absolutely necessary, and order wisely. 

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