(Tea Party 247) – You may have been wondering, as you’re confined to your house, exactly how safe it is to check the mail. We’ve heard reports of the coronavirus being able to survive for days on surfaces, but what about mail?
And what about the health of our postal workers.
According to the National Association of Letter Carriers reports that about 2,000 US Postal Service workers are now in quarantine over concerns of being exposed to the coronavirus.
And 60 have already tested positive.
Over 630,000 people are currently employed by the US Postal Service, according to NJ.com:
Mail delivery is considered an essential service, so post offices remain open and letters and packages continue to be delivered even as other businesses shut down and residents stay at home. But as the pandemic continues to spread, some postal workers say the don’t have enough of the cleaning supplies and sanitizers they need to work safely.
“Any failure of the USPS to keep its workers safe not only puts their employees at risk, but also threatens each of the communities they serve,” wrote eleven Democrat members of the New Jersey congressional delegation, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), to Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
These lawmakers echoed the concerns of the union.
“In some places, all of these things are being done,” wrote union president Fredric Rolando in a statement. “However, in too many places they are not.”
Over half of the 2,000 workers are in voluntarily self-quarantine, according to NJ.com, while others have been ordered to stay home by public health officials.
In the report, George Flood, a spokesman for the Postal Service’s Northeast area said:
We are encouraging healthy behaviors and protocols including frequent hand washing, use of sanitizers, and additional cleaning of work spaces, and are encouraging any employee who feels they are sick to stay home. We are offering liberal leave and have worked with our postal unions to temporarily expand leave options for our employees.
“The Postal Service has said that the mail itself is safe,” NJ.com noted.
“There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail,” said Flood, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the U.S. Surgeon General as backing his claim.