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Decontaminating Purchased Coins During Covid-19 Situation

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 Posted 08/11/2020  2:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Farm1942 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
concerned collector has stopped buying coins via internet as don't have clear path on what is best way to decontaminate them before handling. Any ideas would be appreciated. What would be the safest method?
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 Posted 08/11/2020  3:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How did you decontaminate them before covid-19?
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 Posted 08/11/2020  4:01 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I still don't bother. Unless I know the coin is coming from a hotspot, in which case I just leave it in the patio for 48 hrs (gets up to 110 degrees)
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 Posted 08/11/2020  4:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just wait a few days before handling. COVID doesn't survive on hard surfaces for long.
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 Posted 08/11/2020  4:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I heard Lysol kills Covid, you could always spray them with Lysol.. But seriously, think about this. You buy a coin, it takes a few days to get to you, the virus lives from 4-24 hours on a surface, why are you even worried?
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 Posted 08/11/2020  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Wash your hands after handling the package, but the coin(s) inside should be fine.
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 Posted 08/11/2020  6:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
CDC says 3 days,I would leave the coins in lets say your garage for 7 days if your worried. Wash and sanitize your hands afterwards. You do know that viruses were around long before covid-19,did you worry about getting the flu from coin searching back then? Just now wondered what the TPGs are doing about covid-19? Just a note,viruses stay on so called "paper" money easier and longer.
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 Posted 08/11/2020  8:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you are concerned, just leave the purchased coins in strong sunlight for about 2 hours. The UV (which can cause sunburn with people), component of sunlight will kill all viruses, and most bacteria as well.

When they have all been warmed by the sunlight they will be perfectly safe to include in your collection.
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 Posted 08/12/2020  10:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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did you worry about getting the flu from coin searching back then
No, because I get a flu shot every year.

There is no COVID-19 shot yet, not unless you live in Russia an even then I would not trust it (too soon, not enough testing).
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 Posted 08/12/2020  3:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Farm1942 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
well, COVID is nothing like the flu bug or other virus. Appreciate all the responses. Take care everyone in these uncertain times.
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well, COVID is nothing like the flu bug or other virus.
I agree. Better safe than sorry.

Well, except...

(being pedantic)

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus.

Do not hit me!


All kidding aside, you need to do what makes you feel comfortable.
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 Posted 08/13/2020  09:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just dip them in Sulfuric Acid. If not available, dip all your new coins in a Vodka Martini. May not get rid of the Virus but after a while if you drink it, you will not care.
Actually from what is being said every where just leave them outside in a place where the Sun hits them.
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 Posted 08/13/2020  09:39 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
We are all going to die one day from something .
So remember to enjoy each and every day to the fullest .
You can open the package as soon as you get it.
Just wash your hands thoroughly before and after .
Keep hands away from face .
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 Posted 08/13/2020  09:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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just leave them outside in a place where the Sun hits them.

So I need to get a box of cents,lay out all 2500 coins for a few hours. Then go outside and flip 2500 coins over and wait a few hours more,do I have that correct?
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 Posted 08/13/2020  10:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Currently on the CDC website Q&A:

Q: Am I at risk of COVID-19 from mail, packages or products?
A: There is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and how it spreads. Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Although the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products or packaging. However, it may be possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
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 Posted 08/14/2020  1:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From what I know from the New England Journal of medicine. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours.
What's more, SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found on "a variety of surfaces" in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic people who were infected with COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, up to 17 days after the passengers disembarked. However, this was before disinfection procedures took place and "data cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces," according to the analysis. In other words, it's not clear if the viral particles on these surfaces could have infected people.

For me, I'd just bag and quarantine the package for a month to be as safe as could be and also not risk damaging the coins with temp changes or chemicals. or just stop buying coins in general until the threats been mitigated.

So, I think, if you wanted to be really safe, bag the package when you get it, and tie it off and stick it somewhere for like a month, and the virus should be inactive in 30 days and totally ineffective, then you can open it. I would not go crazy with cleaning solutions or high or low temps all of which could affect the surfaces of the coins. just time should really do the trick, and if you want to look at it early and be extra safe, wear gloves, goggles and a P100 respirator, and open it outside to inspect it and bag it outside and then bring it in to let it sit for a month in quarantine before opening it again.

it depends on how much worry and risk you have with this virus really. easiest and safest solution is to stop buying coins until you are safe from it and not take any risk at all.

This is going to be a concern for a good while, the rest of this year, probably next year also, I don't think we can all really avoid it completely the way it's going and there's just as much risk of the virus coming from a coin you bought off ebay as it is from a can of lysol or a package of masks or the box it comes in that you bought off Amazon at the end of the day. it only really matters how much risk you deem acceptable for what you want.
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