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I’m willing to be in this round. 

 

Early on in the CoVid Crisis it was stated that packages from China should be safe. The stated reason was that conditions during package transit were not conducive  to the virus survival. Has that conclusion changed?

 

I guess we need a rule: don’t ship if you have a fever (?)

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Sorry, I and my box will not be participating if this is run any time soon. My only option for shipping is to actually go to the post office, which there's no way in hell I would go to the post office right now even if my state were not in lockdown. I don't think this is worth the risk not just for the possibility of the insides of the boxes being contaminated, but IMO there's enough strain on postal workers right now as it is.

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4 hours ago, Chris Palmer said:

I'm up for a round! 

 

54 minutes ago, Guindyloo said:

Sorry, I and my box will not be participating if this is run any time soon. My only option for shipping is to actually go to the post office, which there's no way in hell I would go to the post office right now even if my state were not in lockdown. I don't think this is worth the risk not just for the possibility of the insides of the boxes being contaminated, but IMO there's enough strain on postal workers right now as it is.


Oh, gosh I forgot the trip to the post office.  That probably puts me out too. :( 

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Good point - many states, or parts of states, are under mandatory 'shelter in place / at home' orders, which would preclude trips to the post office. And, it's likely that such mandatory 'shelter in place / at home' orders are going to increase this week ...

 

And, while the likelihood of the virus surviving multiple days on a package is said to be fairly low, a) it is very likely to survive the short time it would take if touched by a mail or package handler who has the virus (most likely without knowing it) at your local facility to reach your home; and b) experts say it can absolutely survive at least 3 days on plastic

 

As much as I love these mini exchanges, it really seems unwise to do one now ...

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For US folks, there is a website I use called Pirate Ship where you can buy postage and schedule package pick ups online. While I'm okay with participating, I totally understand the concerns people have, so I'm not trying to advocate one way or another, just figured that might be a good resource for people under shelter in place to have 

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As much as I would love to participate, my state just issued an order to close all non-essential businesses and that everyone is required to stay at home unless going to get food or some other essential supply. It might not be a good idea to start right now, because as more states enact similar precautions the boxes may get stuck with someone or even in transit for an extended period of time.

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4 hours ago, Guindyloo said:

...but IMO there's enough strain on postal workers right now as it is.

That’s a thought. 

 

2 hours ago, Marc said:

And, while the likelihood of the virus surviving multiple days on a package is said to be fairly low, a) it is very likely to survive the short time it would take if touched by a mail or package handler...

Packages are mostly handled by machines and conveyor belts. I hate to tell ya... (But I know this because I had a job drawing the detail parts those machines are made of...)

 

Also there is the use of Ultra Violet light. http://stampsmarter.com/features/Tagging_Home.html

 

Checking for the ^ stamp location is not the only thing they use UV light for. 

 

2 hours ago, Marc said:

...who has the virus (most likely without knowing it) at your local facility to reach your home; and b) experts say it can absolutely survive at least 3 days on plastic

 

As much as I love these mini exchanges, it really seems unwise to do one now ...

I guess there is a chance of a box getting stuck with someone who is in the middle of battling the virus. 

 

I got this from Litko today. An excerpt from a longer email:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

”...We hope that you and your family are staying healthy during these extraordinary times. We also understand that our customers are taking advantage of what could be considered "down time." LITKO is happy to help, as always, and we are operating with just a few modifications to our operations.

We are advised that SARS-CoV-2 cannot survive through the mail and is not an infection vector... meaning that mail order is a very safe way to buy supplies...”

—Ken Litko

of Litko Game Accessories

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

I think we’d be OK but I am also good with waiting. 

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US Post offices are open and operating normally, with "appropriate safety measures in place".

 

From the USPS website:

 

How safe is the mail and mail transport equipment?

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance continues to indicate there is no evidence the virus is spreading through the mail. According to WHO, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and the risk of catching the virus from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low. This guidance remains true for mail transport equipment.
 

Is the USPS experiencing capacity issues due to reduced airline routes?

There are no domestic air capacity issues at this time. The Postal Service continues to work with International air carriers and contract air carriers to keep mail moving.


https://faq.usps.com/s/article/USPS-Coronavirus-Updates-for-Residential-Customers

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I'm down for this round.  I've always handled shipping via printed labels and scheduled USPS pick-ups and it looks like they will continue in most areas.  Gotta do something if I can't leave the house, I already work from home.

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On 3/22/2020 at 9:38 PM, TGP said:

I’m willing to be in this round. 

 

Early on in the CoVid Crisis it was stated that packages from China should be safe. The stated reason was that conditions during package transit were not conducive  to the virus survival. Has that conclusion changed?

 

I guess we need a rule: don’t ship if you have a fever (?)

Well I just got my Pandora 6 from China (It was in the stream for 2 weeks, maybe a little longer), and just to be safe, I wiped everything down with lysol wipes. Post offices are still open Here in California and we are all practicing social distancing. I am also wearing my Air force Pilot gloves everywhere.

 

After all that being said, I have enough plastic to leave my spot open for someone else this round. I did send CW some nice stuff for this next box. Be safe and have fun all.

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Im okay if we start the exchange or wait for the shelter in place to end. I have a box ready to head out either way.

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