With the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is concerned about viruses that can live on surfaces through the shipping process.
It’s possible that your artist is asymptomatic, or that someone along the way in the postal system can make contact with your package.
It’s unlikely for the virus to spread via surfaces, as it’s mainly airborne, but it can survive on surfaces for days. If you touch a contaminated surface and then scratch your nose or rub your eye, it’s possible that you could get sick.
We’re still learning about this strange virus, but it never hurts to be too careful.
Here’s what you should know if you’re expecting a doll in the mail.
Disinfect the outside of the package as soon as it arrives. You can use bleach wipes for this.
If you’re concerned about contaminants inside the package, do not open it for 5-7 days. Keep in mind that the inside of the package will have been untouched since the moment the artist sealed it up.
Do not clean your baby with bleach wipes, alcohol wipes, or soap. Most paints are waterproof, but if the baby was painted even a few days ago, the paint might not be completely cured.
Overall, you shouldn’t worry too much, but if you are at high risk for getting seriously ill from the virus, you should take every precaution.
The virus lives the longest on metal surfaces. On plastic, it can live up to three days. It’s said to not survive very long on soft surfaces like clothes.