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Are your packages safe? Alberta government developing COVID-19 delivery guidelines

While many businesses are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery services have been busy attending to Albertans needs.

Everything from groceries, beer and books have been delivered to doorsteps across the province.

Kendra Anderson, an Edmonton mother of two and self-professed “germophobe” said she’s worried about the potential spread of COVID-19 through packages.

Anderson also said she’s spent the better part of an hour wiping down every single grocery item dropped at her doorstep before bringing them into her home.

“I’m not sure if I’m being cautious or crazy,” she said.

Anderson said she transferred the groceries from plastic bags to her own reusable bags on her front step.

She then scrubbed and air-dried each piece of fruit before allowing her family to dig in.

Health Canada said there is currently no evidence to suggest food is a source of transmission for COVID-19 and there are no reported cases of transmission through food.

“If we become aware of a potential food safety risk, appropriate actions will be taken to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply,” a spokesperson with the Government of Canada said.

Experts say the virus was viable after three days on plastic and stainless steel, and up to 24 hours on cardboard, however, Health Canada has said there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages.

The federal health authority suggested provincial governments may provide more direction for deliveries in the near future.

“The risk of spread from products shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperature is very low,” Health Canada said.

Anderson said she’s not taking any chances with deliveries or groceries she bought at the store.

“Is it over the top?” she asked. “You don’t know who’s touched it or sneezed on it.”