Is it safe to mail letters during the current pandemic?

There are many unknowns when it comes to the spread of COVID-19, and we defer to public health experts on this. According to the CDC, Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. To date, based on CDC (search mail) 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.

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. 

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.