Health experts say there’s very low risk of catching the coronavirus from handling mail and packagesBy LISA MARIE PANE Associated PressMarch 27, 2020, 10:25 PM5 min read Is it safe to pick up your mail? How about those packages from your online orders? And how safe are the people we count on to make those deliveries? Health experts say the risks are very low that the coronavirus will remain on envelopes or packages and infect anyone who handles them. But those making deliveries are taking steps to try to protect themselves, whether it’s no longer requiring signatures for packages or knocking on doors instead of ringing the doorbell. Still, these are uncertain times, especially as many Americans staying home to reduce the spread of the virus rely more heavily on deliveries to avoid going to the store. “It’s scary not knowing,” said Kathy Payne, a postal carrier for 30 years in Rockwood, Tennessee, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Chattanooga. “Our biggest thing is the post office can’t get hand sanitizer, can’t get any supplies.” One co-worker, she said, went on their own to a Walmart to stock up on 12 canisters of sanitizing wipes. Payne delivers to more


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