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Two Sides releases fact sheet on paper product safety amid COVID-19


June 11, 2020
By Pulp & Paper Canada Staff

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Two Sides North America has created a fact sheet of guidance related to COVID-19 and the safe use of paper products as part of its Keep Me Posted North America campaign.

Keep Me Posted aims to protect consumers’ right to choose between paper, digital and any other available delivery method.

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised questions about the lifespan of the coronavirus on surfaces, including paper and paper-based packaging products.

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“Some service providers are capitalizing on consumer uncertainty by suggesting or requiring that their customers go paperless for safety reasons,” says the organization in a statement.

“Such a change is not welcomed by many and can be especially challenging for those who have difficulty using electronic technologies or who simply need paper communications, including older adults, people with disabilities, low-income earners and those with no home internet or computers.”

According to The Lancet, a scientific journal cited on the fact sheet, the new coronavirus was undetected on printing and tissue papers after a period of three hours.

In another study, the virus was not found on cardboard after 24 hours, but was found on smooth surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel up to three days later.

Access the COVID-19 and Paper Products fact sheet here.