Is it safe to open a Vote Forward letter during a pandemic?
According to the CDC, coronaviruses, including COVID-19, are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. To date, based on CDC* and New England Journal of Medicine literature, we’ve learned that the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, but is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products, or packaging. However, it may be possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
When preparing letters, we ask our volunteers to follow current handwashing guidelines, as they would for touching any surface, both before and after they work on their letters, and we ask that they consult national, state, and local public health resources for detailed information.
Similarly, we would ask all letter recipients to follow current handwashing guidelines, as they would for touching any surface after reading their Vote Forward letter.
*On the CDC website, search for the term “mail.”