Is it safe to mail letters during the current pandemic?

According to the CDC, coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. To date, based on CDC safety information, 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. 

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. For more detailed information, we recommend that volunteers consult national, state, and local public health resources. 

With this information, we are continuing to write letters. And should we receive guidance from public health experts that impacts our efforts, we will notify all volunteers as soon as possible.