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How Safe Are Amazon, UPS Deliveries?

Amazon and delivery companies face the coronavirus
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2020 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Amazon, UPS, and FedEx are grappling with scary new realities as the coronavirus adds to their workload and affects their business practices. For example, 12 UPS drivers across nine states are saying the company doesn't protect them. They tell NBC News that UPS hasn't given drivers protective gear (like masks or gloves) or established rules for keeping a safe distance from customers. Hand sanitizer would be nice too, they say, and while UPS does advise hand-washing, it's not really doable on delivery routes. "I mean, we're at high risk," says a driver in Fresno, Calif. "It's not a matter of if, but when somebody gets sick." For more:

  • Sick workers: Workers at delivery companies tell the New York Times they still show up for work, even with coronavirus symptoms—because they're afraid to lose their jobs. A UPS package sorter California says her "throat feels like broken glass" but she "can't afford to be homeless." For the record, experts say it's unlikely that package recipients will get infected because the virus doesn't last long on cardboard.

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