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Can You Get Coronavirus From Aliexpress Delivery Packages? by xcelentattitude(m): 8:41am On Feb 04, 2020
The Coronavirus outbreak that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has triggered fear in the minds of people all over the world. The virus has spread to at least two dozen countries. Many airlines including the United Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air India have either reduced flights to China or stopped flying to the country altogether. Amid all this, people who order goods from popular Chinese e-commerce platform AliExpress wonder whether they would contract Coronavirus from AliExpress packages.

Coronavirus from AliExpress packages: Is it possible?
The Chinese government is doing everything it can to contain the virus. It has locked down over a dozen cities, temporarily shut down public transport, and closed factories, parks, and shopping malls. However, Beijing hasn’t stopped the movement of goods going out of the country.

People who have packages coming from AliExpress are concerned if the deadly virus would end up in their home or office. AliExpress is a Chinese online retail platform owned by Alibaba. It’s where the Chinese small businesses sell products to international online buyers. AliExpress is popular in several Western countries.

Are you among those who wonder ordering items from the Chinese platform could bring Coronavirus from AliExpress packages at your home? Well, you have no reason to worry. According to health experts, there is negligible chance of the deadly virus ending up in your home through an AliExpress package.

What CDC has to say?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is no evidence of Coronaviruses being transmitted through imported packages and goods. The virus spreads through air, meaning it transmits from one person to another through a cough, sneeze or handshake.

The AliExpress packages take days or weeks to arrive at your doorstep. And the virus is unlikely to survive that long outside a human body. According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier of CDC, the Coronavirus has poor survivability on surfaces. The new virus’s cousins SARS and MERS could survive only for a few hours on surfaces.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier added that there was “very very low risk” of the virus spreading from products and packages that are shipped over days or weeks. There has been no evidence of someone contracting the virus in the US from imported goods. The virus simply cannot survive that long on surfaces. However, we don’t know if the virus will mutate and what the consequences of mutation will be.

China’s decision to lock down several cities could affect the supply chain. It means there is a good chance that your AliExpress orders would arrive later than expected. And your own country could inspect any parcel coming from China because of the virus outbreak.

WHO declares it a global health emergency
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. According to Chinese authorities, the total death toll due to the virus has climbed to 213. There have been more than 9,700 confirmed cases in China and more than 10,000 worldwide.

The WHO said it has declared the outbreak a global health emergency not just because of what’s happening in China, but because what could happen in other countries. If the virus spreads to countries that don’t have an advanced healthcare system or are not as well-prepared as China, it could have disastrous consequences.

The US State Department has issued a travel advisory asking Americans to avoid travelling to China. The US has set the new advisory at Level 4, its highest alert. China reported 2,000 new cases and 43 more deaths on Thursday. At least 100 cases have been confirmed by other countries including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, France, Germany, the UK, and South Korea.

Coronavirus symptoms include cough, headache, and fever. In severe cases, patients also experience breathing difficulties, pneumonia, and sore throat.


Re: Can You Get Coronavirus From Aliexpress Delivery Packages? by popsy2(m): 8:42am On Feb 04, 2020
Re: Can You Get Coronavirus From Aliexpress Delivery Packages? by slimjohn2k5: 9:01am On Feb 04, 2020
Yes bro, we need to create this awareness oh

Very valid observation
Re: Can You Get Coronavirus From Aliexpress Delivery Packages? by Blakjewelry(m): 9:17am On Feb 04, 2020
Some of the guys I use for importation have stop taking orders for now
Re: Can You Get Coronavirus From Aliexpress Delivery Packages? by Eidris01(m): 10:12pm On Feb 15, 2020
We should be very careful, because I watched a video of the Chinese, spitting in public places and on things, in order to transmit and spread the virus.

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