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Can I be infected by handling a package from China?

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Studies show that the virus reacts differently depending on the surface and can only survive on packaging material such as cardboard boxes or paper envelopes for 24 hours.

A package sent from China can take anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks or more to arrive in South Africa and is exposed to different temperatures throughout its journey, meaning that - based on current research - it's impossible to contract COVID-19 this way.

However, the item was handled countless times throughout its transfer (by multiple people), it's necessary to follow proper hygiene precautions to ensure your safety.

Learn more about how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on different surfaces and what you can do to limit its spread.

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