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Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Chris Ashdown, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Many of us buy items from China and other countries who may well have this new virus

    Question if goods say from China are sent by post as normal from China, is it possible for the virus to hitch a ride either on or in the package maybe on the poly bag inside the envelope or alternatively will it have a shelf life
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  2. atmosbob

    atmosbob UKBF Ace Free Member

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    If someone sneezes on a bit of bubble wrap, which is a nice insulator, I'd have thought that the virus could hitch a ride. Coming by air over the pole it would likely freeze to death.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: atmosbob Member since: Oct 26, 2009
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  3. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Could be well wrapped with thousands of other packages and jiffy bags
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  4. tony84

    tony84 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    The person having this virus and it being undetected, then ending up in the parcel, surviving the journey, then infecting another person is probably possible, but I suppose you have to weigh up the chances.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: tony84 Member since: Apr 14, 2008
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  5. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    According to Bill Bryson the greatest domestic carrier of viruses is bank notes (interesting to see what impact plastic notes and cashless society have on viruses.

    On the other hand, they don't like hard or shiny surfaces; so plastic is probably virus friendly, whereas Jiffy bags could be bank note equivalents.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  6. Mr D

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    How do you normally get the common cold? How do you normally get the flu?
    Back when SARS or MARS or (more recently) MERS was around, how did people get it? From stuff produced in China (middle east for MERS) or by other methods?

    Whatever method you use to protect against common cold could be useful this time.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. AstEver

    AstEver UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Coronaviruses can live outside of a body for several hours, maximum 5 days in urine, saliva, etc.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  8. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Another good reason to go cashless imo.

    @billybob99 will take his chances.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  9. TMark

    TMark UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Then we just have the other types of virus to contend with.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: TMark Member since: Feb 25, 2017
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  10. Mr D

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    Subject to UV.
    Surface in sunlight different than surface in darkness.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  11. AstEver

    AstEver UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  12. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  13. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    The coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by WHO?
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  14. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Yes.
    A week after they said it wasn't that serious.

    That's … the fifth time they've done that in recent years someone was saying.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  15. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Cash is king, with the right protection.

    [​IMG]
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  16. AstEver

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    WHO declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern

    Is this a newspeak for pandemia?
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: AstEver Member since: Jan 10, 2019
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  17. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    And at the time they were correct - they can't say it's serious before they have the full facts.

    Would you want them to do otherwise?
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  18. UrbanRetail

    UrbanRetail UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We're all fk'd, see you down The Winchester.
     
    Posted: Jan 30, 2020 By: UrbanRetail Member since: Mar 3, 2012
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  19. Gordon L

    Gordon L UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Worthwhile considering the impact of enforced factory closures in China. One of my UK suppliers buys up his stock in China. I was checking on their stock levels for a couple of skus yesterday and they imformed me that their supplier in China had been made to close until 10 Feb at the earliest. So i bought a bit more stock from my UK supplier than I would normally, just in case. If the virus continues to spread and if the enforced closing of factories is continued, there is a risk to some of us that stock availability could become a problem.
     
    Posted: Feb 1, 2020 By: Gordon L Member since: Jul 22, 2019
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  20. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Considering that the mortality rate has been 0.01% so far (SARS was 9%) I get the sneaky feeling that this whole thing is being blown out of all proportion.

    It would hardly surprise me if more people died as a result of the measures taken to prevent this disease than die of the disease!

    There are about ten-times too many people on Planet Earth anyway.
     
    Posted: Feb 1, 2020 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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