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Can You Get Coronavirus From That Package From China? Experts Say It’s Unlikely

Alumna Dr. Nahid Bhadelia (J99, F04, M05) speaks with the Boston Herald about the spread of the coronavirus on surfaces.

Rising fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus are making some consumers hesitate to buy items shipped directly from China, but medical experts say the likelihood of contracting the illness via international packages is slim.


Fletcher School at Tufts University professor Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician and medical director of Special Pathogens Unit at Boston University’s School of Medicine, said given the novel coronavirus’s similarities to SARS, “we can estimate that the virus probably doesn’t survive more than a couple of days on dry, flat surfaces” such as the outer part of packages.

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