(WWJ) If you’re nervous that you’ll contract the coronavirus from an egg carton, an Amazon box or a bill in the mail, you’re not alone.
But health experts say the risk is very low when it comes to becoming infected with COVID-19 by touching a package or something you picked up at the store.
While the virus can be detected on hard surfaces for hours or days, depending upon the material, WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites reports that doesn't mean it stays potent for that length of time.
Dr. Rena Daiza, MD, a Family Medicine expert with Henry Ford Hospital, says it's a good idea to be careful, but don't be afraid to get the mail.
"It's just taking those standard precautions," Daiza said. "So remember, it's a respiratory virus, so you would have to get in contact with the virus with your hands, for example, after touching a surface. and then touch your face."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says "there is no evidence that food or food packaging has been linked to getting sick from COVID-19."
Regardless, Dr. Daiza said it's a good idea to use disinfecting wipes, such as Clorox wipes, to clean boxes, as well as cans and bottles you bring home from the grocery store. Then don't touch your face, and wash your hands.
"So just being mindful, again," Daiza added. "Just being cautious, but not anxious."
Need more tips? The CDC recommends the following: