Coronavirus: Can we still shop online and have our orders delivered?
Coronavirus: Can we still shop online and have our orders delivered?
Coronavirus: Can we still shop online and have our orders delivered?
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Coronavirus: Can we still shop online and have our orders delivered?

With the coronavirus spreading at alarming rates, and new countries going on lockdown every other day, the question remains... How will our day to day lives be affected?

As the world is currently experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic, China, Italy and now France are already on lockdown with a curfew in place and many restrictions on citizens being able to go outside. Many other countries will likely follow in these extremes measures in order to prevent further spread of the virus. But what can you do during this time, which could end up being very long?

Although most people will have to work remotely, it can't hurt to keep yourself entertained (on your couch) during breaks. So, many shopping addicts and fashionistas have been asking the question: is it still possible to shop online and have your orders delivered? Well, good news. The answer is YES.

"Contactless" deliveries

On March 14, 2020, the ministries of the economy in France announced the immediate closure of non-essential businesses, such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls, and other shops. However, online sales are still allowed. According to the ministerial decree, post offices and banks will remain open.

"Companies will to take all necessary precautions in their operations," reads the decree. As for deliveries, they will continue 'under the condition that delivery to the customer is made without contact.

As you can see, it is quite possible to place orders on your favourite websites. Your deliveries will just be made without any contact, and your orders will be packaged in compliance with hygiene and safety measures. However, do expect a potential delay in orders and deliveries.

Do you risk being contaminated by packages?

Only one mystery still persists: can you get the coronavirus from packages received in the mail? While some epidemiologists claim that this specific scenario would be a first, others prefer to inform the general public about how long the virus can survive on different surfaces. The COVID-19 can live for several hours on dry surfaces and several days on wet surfaces. In terms of materials, the new coronavirus could survive 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard and 2 to 3 days on iron and plastic.

What precautions should I take?

In order to avoid contamination, we advise you to disinfect the package upon receipt using 70° alcohol or hydroalcoholic gel. We'd also recommend cleaning the products you purchase in a washing machine at 60 ° C before wearing or using them. Lastly, wash your hands well with soap and hydro alcoholic gel between uses. Got it?

By Nancy Youm
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