Are Products from China Safe?

Who ya gonna call?

Amid fears of the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) and the closing of bars, restaurants, and other meeting places, people are asking many questions.  How is this transmitted?  Is it safe to go shopping?  How will I know if I have it?  Since we are not medical professionals, we cannot answer the medical-related questions.  You should go to an official source like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).  Another good source of information is Johns Hopkins University.  If you believe you have come in contact with COVID-19, call your local health care provider.  The remainder of this article will be dedicated to the safety of products purchased online.

Ordering Online

All of our products are sourced from other countries.  Products may take up to two weeks for delivery.  The CDC says that the risks are low due to the poor survivability of the coronaviruses on surfaces.  The virus lives in droplets of liquid that can be deposited on surfaces by infected individual, but since it is short lived, it is unlikely that it can be transmitted to you from surfaces that have been in the mail for more than a few days.  Since China was ground zero for the virus, it is quite possible that someone in the factory may have had the virus, but by the time it reaches the U.S. it is no longer active or a threat.

Safety First

A large number of products sold in this country have originated in China, so if you are concerned, it is understandable.  What can you do to protect yourself?  At this point, no one, not even the CDC is 100% certain of all the effects of this virus yet.  When you get products, whether online or in your local store, you can disinfect the surface with bleach, alcohol, or a spray disinfectant.  In reality, these are for your own peace of mind.  You must do what makes you feel the most comfortable.

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