1. Are there other possible transmission methods? / Can the virus be transmitted through the MFPs? / Will you disinfect all MFPs before delivery?
According to the WHO, coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for just a few hours or several days, although many factors will influence this, including surface material and weather. A study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Infection looked at the lifespans of other coronaviruses found in humans on various surfaces. The SARS coronavirus – at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius – lasts for two days on steel; four days on wood and glass; and five days on metal, plastic, and ceramics. Also the BfR (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) confirms that there are “no known reports for other coronaviruses about infections due to food or contact with dry surfaces. Due to the transmission methods recorded thus far, and the relatively low environmental stability of coronaviruses, it is unlikely that imported goods such as imported foods or consumer goods and toys, tools, computers, clothes or shoes may be sources of an infection with the new type of coronavirus, according to the current state of knowledge. This assessment is still valid after the most recent publication on the persistence of the known coronaviruses by scientists from the Universities of Greifswald and Bochum.”
Our products (of which the majority is being produced in China) have been on a ship for at least 4 weeks before they reach Europe, for products that are being imported via airfreight, transportation takes at least 3 days. In light of the above mentioned time that these viruses can survive, we do not deem the disinfection of our products per delivery necessary.