Q: Am I at risk for novel coronavirus from a package or products shipping from China ?
There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and how it spreads . Two other coronaviruses have emerged previoursly to cause severe illness in people (MERS and SARS ). 2019-nCoV is more genetically related to SARS than MERS , but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats . While we don't know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS and MERS , we can use the information from both of these earlier coronavirues to guide us . In general, because of poor survivability of these coronavirues on surfaces , there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures . Coronavirues are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets . Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of 2019-nCoV associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States associated with imported goods . Information will be provided on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus website as it becomes available .
From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Chinese goverment has always adopted the most comprehensive and strict prevention and control measures in a highly responsible manner towards the people's health . Many measures go far beyond the requirement of the Internation Health Regulations .
At the same time,in a transparent and responsible manner , the Chinese side timely notified the relevant parties of the epidemic situation and shared the viral gene sequence . The World Health Organization and many countries fully affirm and highly appraise this .
China is fully confident and capable of wonning the epidemic prevention and control .