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Wuhan Virus (2019-nCov) and China Taobao packages

The Wuhan virus has became a global cause of concern as of time of writing this article (4 February 2020). China has locked down several cities to try to contain the spread of this virus so far, including Wuhan, Chibi, Ezhou and more. Since the virus can spread from human to human, there is considerable concern around the globe that the virus can spread via packages arriving from China. This article aims to address this issue.

As the virus has no cure or vaccine to date, consumers around the globe are reasonably concerned that people and things from China would be contaminated with the Wuhan virus and spread it to them. According to the CDC, while human to human transmissions are possible, it is NOT likely that the virus can be transmitted via packages and parcels from China. This is based on the pattern scientists have learnt from similar Zoonotic viruses like SARS and MERS, which are also coronaviruses. There has been no cases so far of the virus spreading via packages or parcels due to the very low possibility of the virus surviving on the open, only from animal to human or human to human transmissions.

You can thus be rest assured that ordering from Taobao is safe. However, due to many city-wide traffic stoppages, it is essential to only order from cities which are not under quarentine, to esure that your items reach you in time. The picture below shows the line to find the city in China the item ships from to the warehouse.

Taobao Shipping from China

Below are the names of the cities in China currently under quarentine. We are keeping a close eye on the situation in China and will update the list accordingly, to ensure that all of us get timely delivery from the cities to the warehouse in China.

Chinese Cities in Quarantine

# English Chinese
1 Wuhan 湖北武汉
2 Huanggang 湖北黄冈
3 Ezhou 湖北鄂州
4 Xiaogan 湖北孝感
5 Suizhou 湖北随州
6 Jingzhou 湖北荆州
7 Yichang 湖北宜昌
8 Jingmen 湖北荆门
9 Huangshi 湖北黄石
10 Xianning 湖北咸宁
11 Shiyan 湖北十堰
12 Xiantao 湖北仙桃
13 Enshi 湖北恩施
14 Tianmen 湖北天门
15 Qianjiang 湖北潜江
16 Xiangyang 湖北襄阳
17 Chibi 湖北赤壁
18 Dangyang 湖北当阳
19 Lichuan 湖北利川
20 Ningbo 浙江宁波
21 Wenzhou 浙江温州
22 Hangzhou 浙江杭州
23 Taizhou 浙江台州