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Could Christmas cards spread the virus?

(105 Posts)
Rosieroe Wed 25-Nov-20 17:58:28

Most people stick envelopes by dampening the glue with a lick.

Am I wrong in being concerned that all that saliva on thousands of Christmas card envelopes is potentially hazardous, not just to postal workers but to every recipient?

I hope someone with better knowledge in these matters can reassure me that I’m worrying unnecessarily. 😟

Riverwalk Wed 25-Nov-20 18:02:49

I doubt it.

Mapleleaf Wed 25-Nov-20 18:05:19

Stamps are pre glued these days.

Bellanonna Wed 25-Nov-20 18:06:44

I haven’t licked an envelope for years.

Mapleleaf Wed 25-Nov-20 18:07:18

That is they are already sticky - no need to lick them.

Bellanonna Wed 25-Nov-20 18:08:23

You can tuck the flap in or you can dampen your finer in water. Most people slit across the top of the envelope anyway,

Mapleleaf Wed 25-Nov-20 18:09:05

Sorry I miss read - you meant the envelopes. No I don’t think you need to worry, but if in doubt dampen them with a sponge or just tuck the leaf of the envelope into the main body.

Iam64 Wed 25-Nov-20 18:10:59

no

Nortsat Wed 25-Nov-20 18:12:53

Just leave your post unopened for three days and if there were any residues of virus, they will have gone.

suziewoozie Wed 25-Nov-20 18:21:25

Nortsat

Just leave your post unopened for three days and if there were any residues of virus, they will have gone.

Best advice of you’re worried - I think once something like this crosses your mind, then follow your gut feeling. It does not hurt anyone or cause problems, it’s not selfish.

Tangerine Wed 25-Nov-20 18:36:22

I use a letter opener so won't really be near where someone may have licked.

I follow all the rules but I am not going to worry about danger from Christmas cards.

25Avalon Wed 25-Nov-20 18:38:36

I don’t open any post for several days and then I wash my hands straightaway.

Lollin Wed 25-Nov-20 18:50:15

Our post takes about five days to reach us for some months now but i agree if it worries you leave it for three days before handling.

Urmstongran Wed 25-Nov-20 19:17:31

Open your post and wash your hands. Simples.

Septimia Wed 25-Nov-20 19:20:34

Exactly what I do Urmstongran.

Iam64 Wed 25-Nov-20 19:44:41

Urmston yes, it's simples handwash after touching anything outside, or that comes into the house. Cardboard, letters etc. Handwashing with soap.

petra Wed 25-Nov-20 19:50:28

Urmstongran simples Most solutions usually are, aren't they? 😉

Missfoodlove Wed 25-Nov-20 20:49:31

Our post is taking so long to arrive I doubt the germs will be long gone!

Alegrias2 Wed 25-Nov-20 20:53:15

Good advice Urmstongran!

M0nica Wed 25-Nov-20 21:04:39

The letters will take at least 24 hours and probably longer to reach you.

Anyway the amount of live active virus you would find on an envelope after even 1 day, is far too low to give you the disease. You need the fully viral load of aerosol spray breathed over some time, a minute or so, to be in danger of catching the disease.

I open my mail as soon as it arrives.

Floradora9 Wed 25-Nov-20 21:41:11

I read that they could . All the more reason not to send any .

Callistemon Wed 25-Nov-20 22:25:12

I never lick an envelope.

Keep a small dish of water beside you or a piece of sponge in a dish of water and use a damp finger,

Hetty58 Wed 25-Nov-20 22:32:36

Like all other post or paper bags/packaging, I'd handle with gloves then leave them untouched in the hall for at least four days - just to be on the safe side.

Lucca Wed 25-Nov-20 22:52:34

Hetty58

Like all other post or paper bags/packaging, I'd handle with gloves then leave them untouched in the hall for at least four days - just to be on the safe side.

Goodness! I’m afraid I’ve just been opening post as and when I get round to it and honestly not hand washing .

Calendargirl Thu 26-Nov-20 06:47:56

Never given it a thought, certainly not worried about it.