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Can you catch Covid-19 from delivered packages?

SEOUL – An outbreak of Covid-19 at a logistics centre run by one of South Korea’s largest online shopping companies has raised concerns over whether the virus can be transmitted by package deliveries.

Who has been infected? 

More than 117 cases of Covid-19 have been linked to the warehouse near Seoul owned by e-commerce giant Coupang facility.

No cases have been related to deliveries and South Korean health officials have played down the chance of infection from packages.

While infection from touching surfaces of boxes or bubble wraps couriered by an infected logistics centre worker would be concerning, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said transmission in this manner was unlikely.

“There has been no precedent of a global transmission so far from delivered packages,” Vice-Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a briefing.

But health authorities and infectious disease experts have not ruled out the possibility of infection if a person touches their eyes, nose or mouth after contact with a contaminated package.

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