I’m sure you’ve all heard about the 2019-nCoV (aka Coronavirus) outbreak in China, since it has been all over the news for the past month. A lot of you have been contacting us with questions about this situation, so we thought a quick post was in order to clarify a couple of points.
First of all, there is no risk of contagion via postcards or mail. Here’s an official response to the question from the World Health Organization:
Q: Is it safe to receive a letter or a package from China?
A: Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting 2019-nCoV. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
This situation has had a heavy impact in the postal world though, with many postal operators having stopped accepting mail to China due to cancelled flights and widespread delays. For this reason, Postcrossing has temporarily stopped giving out Chinese addresses. We will continue monitoring the situation, and when things return to normal, the algorithm will resume giving out Chinese addresses for everyone to send postcards to.
Doing this really saddens us, as we realize this is a difficult period in which Chinese postcrossers most need support. So we hope everyone will join us in the comments below, sending the Chinese Postcrossing community and their families some encouraging thoughts and good wishes. 中国加油!
Since many countries have re-established their mail routes to China, Postcrossing has also started giving out addresses in China again. Keep an eye on your mailbox, Chinese postcrossers! 🇨🇳
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It's a shame we cannot support you with postcards during this time! :(
All our hearts are with you. Keep your heads up high and as soon as the crises is gone you will receive all the joy again postcards can bring to you. Take good care of you!!!
Дорогие китайские посткроссеры! Из вашей страны приходят удивительные открытки с яркими и красивыми марками. Мы с сыном даже начали чуть-чуть изучать иероглифы. И надеемся продолжить, как только все разрешится благополучно! Мы искренне желаем вам поскорее преодолеть этот чертов вирус и вернуться к прежней жизни. Пожалуйста, верьте, что все возможно! Беларусы с вами! Полина и Иван.
my thoughts are with you too. Please stay strong and confident that this crisis will find an end soon. :) Best wishes to all of you!
I hope this disease will be stopped soon.
It is so sad what your country is going through right now. Hopefully, the situation gets better very soon. We think about you all and hope you are safe and your loved ones also.
That being said, stay safe, Chinese postcrossing friends! Thank you as always Postcrossing Team for keeping us informed.
Some of my best Postcrossing interactions have been with Chinese Postcrossers! I am hoping this virus will soon be contained, and as others have already said, I am keeping the people affected by this outbreak in my thoughts. We may not be able to send postcards, but I think many are still doing their best to send our love...
from Chile a big hug😘😘😘😘
My heart is with you and your countrymen dury this health situation. Wishing you and your family good health. Love from the United States of America! Peace and Grace to all.
It would have been really nice at times like this to send some loving mail to our dear Chinese postctrossers but we'll make it up to them :)
On a side note, the postal service in Macedonia has also stopped accepting outgoing mail to China for the time being (the incoming mail from there is not affected, as they say)
We will send you tons of postcards as soon as the flights will resume!
I am sending love, healing thoughts and good wishes to all our dear Chinese Postcrossers. Keep strong and safe!
Maybe here‘s the right place to ask them to update their postal addresses in Chinese, too! I think our postcards will better find the right place with a Chinese written address. Most of the expired postcards are to China - Hopefully a lot more postcards to China will find their way to the postcrossers as soon Postcrossing is giving out China addresses again!
To the World greetings of Good Health and Happiness.
"Anything is possible if you have Faith" Mark 9:23
Thank you Postcrossing Team for keeping all your Postcrossers informed.
I for one will send a personal message to the Chinese Postcrossers
that I have sent a postcard to and received one from.
My family, friends, and I send you much love
and our thoughts are with you.
Stay strong and know that the whole world is hoping for the best for you all! And praying for a quick ending to this terrible crisis!
We're looking forward to being able to post cards to you again.
Stay strong, friends from China! I can't wait to write a card to you again soon!
Until then, fighting!!
Love to you all and look forward to sending you cards in the not too distant future...... xx
I wish the families all the best in this difficulty
situation. Hope all will soon be better for you all !
Greetings from Holland,
Hopefully soon everything will be back to normal for China and the world.
You are never isolated. We are always with you.
We love the Chinese people.
Please know that you are in mine and many people's thoughts and prayers through this terrible time.
I look forward to sending many cards to you! I hope this crisis is over soon. I'm so sorry you are facing this.
we think about you all the time, we watch the news and we hope and pray that everyone in China will be safe and sound really soon and that it will all go back to normal really soon. We can not wait to receive good news from you, and we thank you all for the wonderful postcards that you send!
Best wishes and just always remember that our heart and our thoughts are with you always! Blessings!
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope this terrible situation will end soon. I am looking forward to sending postcards to you again.
Please be assured that Pocrossers worldwide are thinking of you at this time.
Colin (Mamaduke16) NSW Australia
This too will be over.
This is what I saw on the official website of China Post. Some countries or regions suspend or delay sending mail to China (incomplete statistics):
①Stop receiving all kinds of mails (international letters, parcels and EMS) to mainland China: Spain, Romania, Croatia, Georgia, Serbia, Jamaica, Singapore, Panama, Germany, UAE, Zimbabwe, etc
②Stop receiving letters and parcels to mainland China: Greece and Denmark
③Suspension of transit mail business (international letters, parcels and EMS) from other countries to mainland China: U.S.A
④The time limit for all kinds of mail (letters, parcels and EMS) sent from mainland China to Hongkong, Mongolia, Macao, etc. and from Japan and South Korea to mainland China is affected.
check USPS.com and click on USPS Service Updates and then look for the international advisories. Currently still accepting mail for China but expect delays.
武汉加油（Wuhan Jia You), 中国加油（Zhong Guo Jia You) ! Oh, I hope this is written in correct Chinese, I'm sorry if I made some mistakes. What I want to say is to be brave, I hope things would turn better for Wuhan and China as soon as possibile.
But you have our support and look forward to when we can send all of our cards to you again!
our thoughts & prayers with you.. stay strong !
warm wishes from Indonesia.
but flight between Indonesia - China was closed since Feb 5
Thank you so much for such warm-comments, i heard you.
By the time I updated this situation to you, almost every province of China (W/O HuBei) is safe, with no more that 10 new confirmed cases reported.
Life goes on, the whole chinese society is back to normal.
No need to be worried about isolated the cards from China. And,in China, now, the domestic postal service is still available.
Wish to see your guys in postbox, soon.
Stay strong and Stay together with WuHan.
Спасибо большое всем за ваши тёплые комментарии!
I hope this will pass by soon!
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Belarus stopped sending mail not only to mainland China but also to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao :(
As my opinion, I think the epidemic situation of the Wuhan pneumonia will not be get well soon easily. In fact, the situation of the hygiene in mainland China is very bad. Meanwhile, most of the Wuhan people has left before the China government block the transport between Wuhan and other cities. They may go to other countries with the virus, this point is we can not eliminate.
I hope, I will be able to send soon postcards to China again and until this happens, my dear Chinese friends, be assured that we are all with you and don’t forget about you.
Stay strong and take care, you're not alone, we're all thinking of you! Hopefully the crisis will soon be over so that we can exchange postcards like before. The most important thing, however, is that you and your families stay healthy and that those infected get well again.
I send my best wishes to all of you in these sad times for your country.
I feel for you all - I hope you and your loved ones stay healthy, and that the situation eases soon. Prepare to be inundated with postcards when it does!
count on my thoughts and prayers! You are going through a hard period of your life but do not get discouraged! Stay strong! <3 ^_^
I have never thought the virus could be spread bij mail. For as a nurse we had to run around the hospital everytime we had been with an isolated patient to get rid of the virus.
It's over 55 years ago:)
So hugs for everyone!
All my love for the Chinese people.
Just one question, what should we do with some of the expired card from or China? I got few cards written before the situation went serious at the end of January but failed to mail it since the postal service is slowing down. Besides, i still dont know when will i be able to send them out.. I really want to come back to Postcrossing as soon as possible.
stay safe and take care
I hope, we can send post to you as soon as possible.
Lots of love from Hamburg, Germany! ❤️
Keep calm and stay strong !
HAPPY NEW GENGZI YEAR !
I'm sure it all will be over soon greetings from Italy to all Chinese people.
Wishing for you and everyone on earth that this situation will soon be under control and thereafter history!
China, sei stark!
Stay strong friends in China. I hope you will remain healthy and that this crisis will soon pass. You are in our thoughts and hearts! ❤
Sending positive thoughts that this will end soon. I know that all of us across the world miss you all very much and hope to exchange with you again as soon as possible.
I send all my luck to everyone involved with this illness. I hope we can send and receive postcards from Chine again soon. Hope everyone is well and healthy.
Best wishes and good luck to all of you.
Now I'm in ZHEJIANG, China, where the virus is also serious. Some roads are blocked, so we try not to go out . But the life here is still orderly, the national management is very strict and rational. Please have confidence in China, we will be able to overcome the virus.
Moreover, the situation of the hygiene in mainland China is very very very very well.
And, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan IS BELONG to China.
Thanks again!! Hope you'll have a good day.
We are with you, dear Chinese people! Stay safe! 💖
my thoughts are with you and your families - may all your loved ones stay safe and healthy! I am looking forward to sending more cards to China and I hope this will happen soon! Stay strong!
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and I keep my fingers crossed that the virus can be controlled very quickly and that the sick ones will recover soon.
Take care, stay strong and don't give up hope.
It is a pity that we cannot write cards to you at the moment, but we are with you in our thoughts.
When everything is back to normal, we will surprise you with lots of cards.
I wish that it is possible for a while that we could choose how many cards we would like to send to China .
please be safe. Our thoughts are with you - hopefully life will return to normal soon.
Please be aware - this is from the site of "business insider":
The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets.The close proximity of shoppers to stall vendors and live and dead animals in wet markets makes them breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases.
„Governments must recognize the global public health threats of zoonotic diseases,“ Christian Walzer, the executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s health program, said in a statement. „It is time to close live-animal markets that trade in wildlife, strengthen efforts to combat trafficking of wild animals, and work to change dangerous wildlife consumption behaviours, especially in cities.“
Protect people's lives - by protecting animals.
Peace and love to all of you.
As I'm in love with chinese culture and language it's always a lot of pleasure for me to receive/send cards from/to China and a pity that I can't do it...
I hope that nobody else suffer from this awful virus, I want all these problems caused by Coronavirus finish as fast as possible.
Warm hugs to every chinese postcrosser from Russia!
Wishing you strength and love in these difficult times.
I really hope there will be a remedy for the virus soon.
So you will be able to live your normal life and send many cards again.
Sorry that you can't receive or send cards right now. Hope this storm passes soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers!
I am so sorry for your situation ! I hope they can find a cure for this horrible virus soon !❤❤❤
I hope you and your families are all well and good. Take care of yourselves! And to the new postcards!
First of all, I wish all of you, your relatives and friends, good health and reisistance to disease! Take care of yourselves!
I hope that this terrible situation will end soon!
It's sad, that we can't support you with postcards for now...
However, if you know, that you post office is still operating, please, contact me and give me your address - and I'll send you some encouraging card to brigthen a bit your day!
Thank you so much for the wishes and love. See you soon through postcards : )♡
Abraço para todos.
❗🔊 Who will join my idea?:
I will randomly select Postcrossers from China from the "COUNTRY PAGE" and send them a message by using the "SEND MESSAGE" button. I'm sure he or she will be happy about it in this hard time.
❗❗🔊🔊I would love it if other Postcrossers from all over the world would do the same.❗❗
Otherwise the ability of controlling the situation (number of cases)between Taiwan and China will be similar.
Hope the postal system all over the world become normal soon due to the COVID-19.
I think the ideas of sending messages randomly or send postcards to people you've mailed to before is really great and I'll do just that!
I am thinking of you and hope the sad situation will soon turn better.
I wish all of you, your relatives and friends, good health and reisistance to the disease.
Stay strong - you'll soon be with us again!
May all the people in China, Hong Kong, and Macao stay healthy and wish all those who are infected with Coronavirus recover as soon as possible and return to the warm embrace of their family and friends!
Our prayers and thoughts are with China everyday. Sri Lanka has not suspended air flights to China and hope I can start sending postcards to wonderful Chinese postcrossers soon. <3
But I hope that soon there will be a cure for the virus. So much courage and perseverance and that we can soon exchange mail again...
Chinese postcards and the stamps are among the most beautiful and best ones! A postcard from China is usually a little masterpiece. But, huh, postcards themselves don't matter. It's the people who make us happy and I look forward to get Chinese addresses soon like many others here. Chinese postcrossers are always warm-hearted and nice, I wish everyone stays happy and calm! It goes without saying that the epidemic will end by so much efforts done by Chinese government.
Everyone in our country is doing his/her best to struggle the ncv.
The spring is coming and I believe we will meet soon in your mailbox.
We soon will be able to exchange postcards again.
I extend my full support to the Chinese people and I remain ready to correspond as soon as possible with the Chinese.
I hope, I can send postcards to the chinese postcrossers :-)
Be carefull !!!
Many greetings from Berlin/Germany,
I heard on the news that a vaccine has been developed in the U.S. Just how long it will take to produce it and ship is any ones guess.
With all my love to you, Anneke
Hereby sending you a lot of love from the Netherlands. I am so sorry and sad about the present situation. I hope and keep my fingers crossed that the epidemia soon will be over and that all can go back to normal life soon. And that we all will be able to send and receive postcards again and enjoy the little postal treasures.
My thoughts are also with the people who have lost a dear one, and whose life won’t be as before, due to this virus.
Wishing all the best,
And to Chinese postcrossers, stay strong, all the best to you! ❤️
Be safe and take care !
I miss postcards So much !
I will pray for all of you. don't loose hope
. stay strong . may god bless you all
Even to other Chineses? There are sure Chinese Postcrossers which marked the option "Check if you would like to (also) send and receive postcards to and from your own country." on their settings, and, since mail within China is still being delivered normally, as the reply to @CindyMc says, I don't see any problem if Postcrossing kept giving Chinese addresses to other Chineses.
Wishing everyone in China good health and a speedy return to normal.
May we all enjoy good health.
We are all in this together.
"In view of the ongoing epidemiological emergency and its repercussions on air flights, routes and means of transport and on internal and foreign logistics processes, shipments of parcels and correspondence addressed abroad may be slowed down".
China. I wish everyone who is ill, a speedy recovery and those who have lost loved ones. My sincere sympathy to you.
I hope that this too shall pass soon so that we can resume our post crossing with our brothers and sisters in China.
Dear All Postcrosser stay calm, healthy (if possible), happy and give each other hope.
Maybe the mail incoming from abroad has been delayed by the restrictions to international flying, but I do not think mail travels on passenger flights and many cargo flights have kept running...
In these hard-to-live-through circumstances, it is always very nice to receive a postcard....
Stay healthy you guys！
Thank you everyone here! Hope things are going good with everyone. Let's fight against the coronavirus. NEVER LOSE HOPE! We will defeat it!
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