Let’s assume you’re taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, making major adjustments to your daily life. You’re staying home as much as possible and taking precautions when you have to get out.
When you go to the store, you limit what you touch, whether it’s a box of cereal or a shopping cart. Tap or click here to see how grocery stores and other retailers have adjusted business hours. Everything you bring home and order online is wiped down with disinfectants or is otherwise cleaned, given that coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours and other surfaces even longer.
You’re doing everything the right way, even when others are not — like the shocking report that a delivery driver was caught on video spitting on someone’s package.
Disgusting act caught on camera
TMZ obtained Ring video doorbell footage of a recent Amazon delivery at a duplex home in Los Angeles. In the video, a person who appears to be an Amazon delivery driver sets a package on the porch, then leans over and spits.
It even looks like he catches some of the spit with his hand and wipes it on top of the cardboard box. Take a look at the video below, from a KABC news report.
The package recipient said in Twitter and Instagram posts (which have since been deleted) that he checked the camera after noticing a big wet spot on the package. In a later post, which has also been removed, the recipient said an Amazon customer service representative confirmed the driver was employed by a third-party delivery service.
KABC reports that Amazon called the man to apologize and gave him a $50 credit. They also said the delivery driver is no longer delivering Amazon packages but didn’t elaborate. Let’s hope he’s not delivering ANY packages.
The new normal: Ordering everything online
Social distancing is a big part of the effort to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, which means more people are ordering everything they need online. Having trouble finding certain items? Tap or click here to find out about an online tool that tracks inventory at Amazon and other online retailers.
Amazon is overwhelmed, prioritizing necessary supplies and delaying other deliveries, include Prime shipments, up to a month. What’s more, Amazon employees at more than 10 warehouses have tested positive for COVID-19, leading Amazon to temporarily close some locations around the country.
So your packages are already at risk, which makes how you handle them that much more important — especially if someone tasked with delivering those items to you is trying to make the situation worse.
Keeping your package deliveries safe
The coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions with any package you receive.
We recommend opening your deliveries outside and immediately discarding the packaging, then wiping the contents down with disinfecting wipes. Wear disposable gloves during the process if you have them. Tap or click here to see the list of disinfectants strong enough to kill the coronavirus.
Don’t forget to wash your hands, thoroughly, with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds when you’re done.
Kim’s latest column goes over every step you need to know to make sure your deliveries are safe. She also offers other tips to lower your risk of contracting the virus. Tap or click here to find out how best to sanitize Amazon boxes, get food properly and what you should know about catching a ride in an Uber or Lyft.
While you’re at it, tap or click on the links below for additional tips on disinfecting deliveries brought to your door:
- Coronavirus safety: How to sanitize and unpack Amazon deliveries
- Coronavirus tip: How to order groceries online and safely unpack them
- How to properly handle food deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic
- Virus found on surfaces after 17 days – new advice to open your packages
And be sure to keep up with the latest tips and news you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic at Komando.com/coronavirus.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, advice, or health objectives.