Connection during COVID-19


Is letter writing safe in the middle of a global pandemic?


The short answer: Yes.

My role:

Sending letters to a stranger in the middle of a global pandemic might seem like a dangerous decision. I’ve taken steps to ensure that letter writing is as safe as possible. I always wear a mask in public and practice social distancing. I also do not lick envelopes and seal them with washi tape instead. For now, I do not include any edible items like candy in letters. I wash my hands before I sit down to write and avoid touching my face. If I were to contract COVID-19 at any point in time (or any member of my family), my Pen Pal Program would be temporarily suspended.

Your role:

I encourage my Pen Pals to wash their hands before they begin writing. Please seal envelopes with glue or tape instead of licking them. Also, it is a good idea to not include items like candy or food from your country (at least until the pandemic is over)! Envelopes should contain only paper. If you have contracted the virus or are in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please wait until it is safe to write to me.

My thoughts:

Our letters will be in the hands of many people before they arrive in our mailboxes. Sending a letter isn’t much different from ordering a package online. As long as everyone uses common sense, the chances of spreading the virus through letter writing is very, very low. I take the virus seriously and would never knowingly participate in an activity that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

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