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Here's Everything To Know About Shopping Online Safely Amidst The Coronavirus Outbreak


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From corporate work-from-home mandates to shutting down of malls to a self-imposed quarantine that does not have a definite ending date, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world up and taken over our lives in real ways. We're still trying to figure out how to deal with our everyday lives whilst sitting inside the four walls of our houses.

For instance, while malls are shutting down, most retailers are open online. But the question is, and we're sure you've thought of too, is it okay to shop online? More importantly, are the delivery guys at risk while they do their job in delivering your boxes? The answer is yes. A study found that coronavirus can be found for up to 24 hours on cardboard, and even, up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. Itâs not exactly clear how long it can survive on paper though. 

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While corporates like Cure.Fit have placed strict instructions for their employees to wear masks and exercise caution while delivering packages. It's not standard practice across other services. This is something that needs to be taken seriously with all corporate giants to ensure the safety of people who deliver packages.

Can packages carry coronavirus?

A study by the Harvard Medical School reveals that the risk of getting infected from a package is low, even if an infected person has touched it. The same is true for the items inside.

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How can you support small businesses that are struggling?

The fashion industry has taken a major hit because of the global pandemic with many small businesses facing a crisis situation at present with little to no revenue in their pockets. This is also true for the local stores in your locality who will be facing major footfall.

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Instead of ordering through subscription services, or Amazon Prime that is anyway choked with orders at present, try ordering daily essentials by calling up your local Kirana store. Most Kirana stores have delivery arrangements and will be happy to deliver.


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