Coronavirus and eCommerce
As of the writing of this article, the current COVID-19 outbreak case count is over 500k worldwide. As the cases grow in number, keeping safe and preventing further spread is key to fight the virus. From the reports out of the CDC, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. The best measure to fight against COVID-19 is by frequently washing your hands with disinfectant soap.
This blog serves as a small guide on preventive measures to protect yourself, your co-workers, and family members. Also serves as insight to why the e-commerce business sector is due for a rise despite declines in the financial markets.
People of any age range can be infected by COVID-19. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. The WHO advises people of all ages to take the following steps: bathe twice per day, eat foods that boost good immunity health, take multi-vitamins, and regularly have 8 hours of deep sleep.
This plus frequent good hand washing hygiene will improve your chances of not being infected by the virus. Lastly is the use of masks or other protective facial medical gear. If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing frequency. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly to ensure the spread of the virus is not caused by neglectful disposal.
Recent reports have shown a drastic decline in various industries in their sales and overall production numbers due to many citizens staying home to self-quarantine. eCommerce is one of the few select industries performing well despite the current market conditions due to the current outbreak. Main reason for this being the need for essential supplies and goods for day to day living.
People are fearful of going to commercial centers to purchase supplies due to the increase risk associated with large crowds. Thus, many are opting to shop digitality from the safety of their home and have their goods ship to them. This limits the exposure risk while bringing business to the e-commerce store and their associated suppliers. While many store fronts and centers are closing down or shorting operation hours, e-commerce business are afforded the opportunity to take up a lot of clients and market share by being able to operate 24/7.
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