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Coronavirus With Cubes?

MJS Cubing

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So this might sound controversial, but I have a theory. All of the Chinese cube companies have cubes coming from China. Could these cubes possibly be affected by coronavirus? This is just a theory, and I'm not a super paranoid person about coronavirus, but I might hold off on ordering cubes until this blows over.
 

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It's not going to blow over any time soon, so if you really want to wait for it to blow over, you're probably not going to be getting any new cubes for many months.

Alternatively, if you're worried but still want to get new cubes, all you have to do is to wash your new cubes with soap and water. Alcohol of sufficiently high concentration works too, if you have that. (Depending on your level of paranoia, you can wash the core too, but make sure to dry it promptly to prevent it from rusting.)

Also, wash your hands regularly, etc. etc. Not observing proper hygiene is a way bigger risk factor than imported products from China carrying the virus. (Looks like you're American and it doesn't quite seem like the US of A is doing very well at containing the disease!)
 

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So this might sound controversial, but I have a theory. All of the Chinese cube companies have cubes coming from China. Could these cubes possibly be affected by coronavirus? This is just a theory, and I'm not a super paranoid person about coronavirus, but I might hold off on ordering cubes until this blows over.
The production rate of cubes and Chinese cube companies might drop, yes. However, I don't think that any virus would stay on the cube for the whole journey.

Even then, do the smart thing and wipe them down, no matter where you get them from. Coronavirus aside, just clean the cube no matter what lol
 

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I think the coronavirus really isn't as bad as people are making it sound. only 4384 people in the US have been tested. The extremely high 5% death rate is just because the only people who have been tested so far in the US are people who are very sick. I am still going to be cautious to avoid getting it, but I don't think it is something to get scared about.
 

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So this might sound controversial, but I have a theory. All of the Chinese cube companies have cubes coming from China. Could these cubes possibly be affected by coronavirus? This is just a theory, and I'm not a super paranoid person about coronavirus, but I might hold off on ordering cubes until this blows over.
Just a quick lookup lead to this:

Are UPS packages from China safe?
Yes. The coronavirus is spread most often by respiratory droplets and does not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Therefore, there is "likely very low risk of spread" from packages that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures, according to the CDC.

No, that's not possible. The virus can survive no longer than 20 minutes on products so you don't have to worry about that.
I think a little research would show you that over the last month+ 99% of people say that it can survive for 9 days or so on surfaces, especially if not disinfected. All I did was type that question in and every link I opened said that, and although no one to date is 100% positive on that (due to the lack of study) it is possible to last for more then "48 hours".
 

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The virus won’t survive that long on your cubes. It will quickly die out. From my understanding, viruses are parasitic and need to take over human cells to spread and live.
Wrong, it will and can still last up to 9 days on any surface (including plastic), and especially if it is not disinfected.. Look it up and you will see that.
 
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It's not going to blow over any time soon, so if you really want to wait for it to blow over, you're probably not going to be getting any new cubes for many months.

Alternatively, if you're worried but still want to get new cubes, all you have to do is to wash your new cubes with soap and water. Alcohol of sufficiently high concentration works too, if you have that. (Depending on your level of paranoia, you can wash the core too, but make sure to dry it promptly to prevent it from rusting.)

Also, wash your hands regularly, etc. etc. Not observing proper hygiene is a way bigger risk factor than imported products from China carrying the virus. (Looks like you're American and it doesn't quite seem like the US of A is doing very well at containing the disease!)
Yeah.

we’re not doing so well.

not happy about it exactly

oh well we’ll survive
 

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The virus won’t survive that long on your cubes. It will quickly die out. From my understanding, viruses are parasitic and need to take over human cells to spread and live.
Wrong, it will and can still last up to 9 days on any surface (including plastic), and especially if it is not disinfected.. Look it up and you will see that.
Ok sorry, but still, cubes coming from China will take some time to even arrive to places like the US, then be delivered to whoever wants to buy it, which takes a few more than 9 days.
 

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I was planning on making a thread like this today. My views on it is obviously cube stores at the moment will start to run out of stock of cubes but until people like Scotty From Marketing can do anything about property containing the virus, we’re just gonna have to deal with it. Basically, it’s just another flu.
 

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I'd like to point out that almost no one in decent health has died from the corona virus, all the cases are from elderly or infants who don't have a decent immune system. Also, the flu is killing just as many people, and how many threads have been made about the flu infecting cubes? If you want to, then you can wipe down your cubes, but there's no reason to live in fear. The news gets all riled up over flu season every year, same as they are now over the corona virus. Also if you do decide to wipe down your cubes, note that anti-bacterial wipes will do absolutely nothing. Get anti-viral wipes or use rubbing alcohol, it's the corona virus.
 

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No, that's not possible. The virus can survive no longer than 20 minutes on products so you don't have to worry about that.
Yes, It's true in fact. I'm from Italy and in every announcement that they gave us none said that it's dangerous to receive packages from China. But still, if you want to wait until this ends it's fine.
 

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Yes, It's true in fact. I'm from Italy and in every announcement that they gave us none said that it's dangerous to receive packages from China. But still, if you want to wait until this ends it's fine.
Oof, living in Italy right now must be terrible. I heard that most people either are not allowed or too afraid to leave their homes. Is that true?
 
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