The US Centre for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) posted on its web site that there is no such thing as a proof to assist the transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) related to imported items, with no such circumstances in the US to this point.
“There may be seemingly very low danger of unfold from merchandise or packaging which can be shipped over a interval of days or perhaps weeks at ambient temperatures, ” it stated on its FAQ (steadily requested questions).
Coronaviruses are usually considered unfold most frequently by respiratory droplets, it added.
Nevertheless, the general public well being institute warned that there’s nonetheless quite a bit that’s unknown concerning the newly emerged coronavirus and the way it spreads.
It stated it’s utilizing the knowledge from two earlier coronaviruses – SARS (extreme acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Center East respiratory syndrome) – as a information although it doesn’t know for certain if the brand new virus will behave the identical manner.
The 2019-nCoV is extra genetically associated to SARS than MERS, however each are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats, it posted.
E-commerce platform Shopee posted on Twitter that it’s disinfecting its transit warehouse in China every day and monitoring the well being of its staff.
It additionally stated that each one parcels from China are uniformly disinfected by the airways and solely launched after customs inspection and quarantine.
Lazada, additionally an e-commerce firm, stated in an announcement that “there is no such thing as a indication of danger of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus from parcels or their contents”.
It claimed that its logistics employees is present process every day temperature checks and thru a stringent sanitisation course of earlier than dealing with packages.
“We take the protection of our employees and customers very severely and are monitoring the state of affairs, to make sure that Lazada is a secure platform for all, ” it stated.
The Star additionally reached out to Pos Malaysia Bhd however it declined to remark.