You won't catch coronavirus from packages from China. experts say

With coronavirus continuing to spread from China - and 11 confirmed US cases - many Americans are fearful of getting sick.

And in an age when you can order anything from anywhere in the world, some are worried that the disease may be lurking on surfaces such as on packages shipped from China.

So can you contract coronavirus from a parcel? The simple answer: most likely not. 

Both federal health agencies and infectious disease experts say the virus will not live long on mailed packages and that you are much more likely to catch it from a person rather than a surface.

The CDC says there is a 'very low risk' of the new coronavirus spreading from packages shipped from Chins (file image)

The CDC says there is a 'very low risk' of the new coronavirus spreading from packages shipped from Chins (file image)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains on its website that it's very unlikely to contract coronavirus from a surface.

While a person can carry the virus for days - or even weeks - viruses don't live long outside the body.

This means that if the virus is found on a surface, the lifespan is 'in the range of hours,' according to the CDC.  

And because packages go through several different environments before ending up on a doorstep, that makes them less likely to have survived. 

Additionally, Dr Elizabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University says that a cardboard box is not a good breeding ground for germs. 

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