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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hour after hour, day after day, the packages keep arriving ... An increasing number of the workers sorting those boxes, loading them into trucks and then transporting and delivering them around the country have fallen sick. They have coughs, sore throats, aches and fevers -- symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. Yet they are still reporting for their shifts in crowded shipping facilities and warehouses and truck depots, fearful of what will happen if they don't.


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Public health experts said the odds were relatively low that ill warehouse workers or truck drivers would infect the recipients of packages, in part because the virus does not survive on cardboard surfaces for very long.

But as state governments race to contain the fast-spreading pandemic by shutting down businesses and banning gatherings of more than a handful of people, more than 30 employees of UPS, FedEx and XPO said in interviews and emails that they were worried that their warehouses and trucks had become breeding grounds for the virus.


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Aren't most of the delivery guys contractors?

#1 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-03-22 02:41 PM | Reply

Going to work sick with the virus during a pandemic.

Very Trumptilian.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 02:43 PM | Reply

Isolate em'!

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-22 04:57 PM | Reply

There really is no choice. The one-time $1000 is for businesses with 50-499 employees, warehouses and large contractors are specifically not covered.

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-03-22 07:34 PM | Reply

Aren't most of the delivery guys contractors?


My understanding...

FedEx yes, UPS no.

I suspect that in sorting and loading facilities all are employees.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-03-23 01:31 PM | Reply

Good thing the virus doesn't live long on cardboard, if it gets there from a UPS handler. Still, I have been sparying Lysol on my packages before opening them. The chances of a virus in the package is all but zero.

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-23 05:20 PM | Reply

From what i read it can last 24 hours on cardboard. So yeah you probably won't get it from a warehouse, but if a delivery driver has the virus all bets are off.

#7 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-23 05:40 PM | Reply

You guys act like they get cardboard once a day maybe once a week, when they are in fact moving cardboard from all over the world at all times and are constantly in contact with that material. This "24 hour rule" is so arbitrary and ludacris in the face of the amount of warehousing people currently infected I can't believe or understand any of you one bit. Warehouses are 100% infected, there is no way to minimize that and so long as they are in contact with new cardboard that has been handled lumped and or otherwise accounted for by other people there will always remain a chain of infection.

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-03-24 04:51 AM | Reply

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