Use reputable online retailers
Even though online shopping has ramped up due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is still important that you ensure that the online businesses you order from are acting responsibly when it comes to their hygiene practices. Uber eats South Africa for example has added a new no contact delivery option to their service where you can opt for “Leave at door” button at checkout.
Does it spread on packages
There’s no clear answer. Rachel Graham an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina says,” The lifespan of the novel virus on any surface is “likely hours to a day or so. So it’s possible that the virus could lurk on a box.” Yet at the same time Elizabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University says, “If we had transmission via packages we would have seen immediate global spread out of China early in the outbreak. We did not see that and therefore I think the risk is incredibly low.”
Err on the side of caution
Therefore since not enough is known about this virus it’s better for you and your family’s saftey to err on the side of caution and assume that the package has the virus and handle it with gloves etc.