Readers can be assured that receiving and reading through the pages of newspapers is still considered safe, according to the World Health Organization.

The Columbian is taking every precaution in producing and delivering the newspaper during the Coronavirus outbreak. Every one of our readers, employees and contractors is an asset to our company, and we truly value your health and safety. We continue to monitor and follow information daily released by national and local organizations.

1. Is it safe to continue to get my paper delivered?

Yes, it has been deemed safe to receive packages such as newspapers. According to the World Health Organization, “the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low”.

America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also advised consumers that coronavirus had “a very low risk” of spreading on packages, newspapers, and other mail due to the “poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces”.