As virus spreads, so do concerns of transmission through imported goods from China

John McDevitt
February 22, 2020 - 2:13 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread around the world, so do concerns about the risk of contracting the deadly disease from packages containing goods made in China.

According to KYW Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said there is an extremely low chance of contracting the new virus in this way.

"This isn't a real risk and you shouldn't be concerned about this," he continued, "but it is a legitimate question where people are concerned. I mean, they are thinking logically, but there is no evidence to support the transmission of this new coronavirus through imported goods."

You may remember the SARS and MERS pandemics. 

"They actually are cousins to this form of the coronavirus and in those cases, they did extensive studies and realized that the virus only lives for a few hours on the surface of an object," explained McDonough. "When you are talking about something that is shipped for days and days, I think the evidence is there to tell you that you should not be overly concerned."

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