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Coronavirus update

Postal Service shares CDC guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations to avoid the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses include washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The Postal Service is sharing updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the novel coronavirus outbreak that recently began in Wuhan, China.

According to CDC, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus and to follow these recommendations to help prevent the spread of any respiratory viruses:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay home when you’re sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if the hands are visibly dirty.

• If you’re well, follow CDC’s recommendations and don’t wear face masks to protect yourself from respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus.

Additionally, CDC has reported there is very low risk that the coronavirus can be spread from products or packaging shipped from China, due to poor survivability of this type of virus on surfaces.

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets, CDC reports.

Also, according to CDC, there is no evidence to support transmission of the novel coronavirus associated with imported goods, and there have been no reported cases of the virus in the United States associated with imported goods.

The Postal Service is providing this information to employees through stand-up talks, newsletter articles, messages on bulletin boards, and updates on Informed Facility and Postal Vision monitors inside USPS workplaces.

CDC’s website has additional information.

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