Why Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday this year

Catherine Hardison, Staff Writer

In 2020, there have been many changes to events and gatherings due to the pandemic, COVID-19. It is now November, and the holidays are approaching quickly. The holidays usually consist of one major thing, presents, which would mean holiday shopping. It is prevalent that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big days for deals, but what are the risks?

Black Friday has restrictions due to the pandemic. Stores will limit capacity and social distance but is that enough?

Businesses are deciding to start their deals early and last to mid-December, which is great. That way, the store does not reach more than 50% capacity. Also, businesses are starting Black Friday online (which sounds a lot like Cyber Monday, doesn’t it?), which should decrease foot traffic through busy stores. However, for those who enjoy physically shopping in-person, there are spikes in cases ranging across the east coast, so it is still problematic to go out and shop.

Shopping after Thanksgiving is  worrisome since some people will see their families regardless if they are sick or not. We’ve already seen a rise in COVID cases with people becoming more comfortable with the pandemic and attending large gatherings. With the numbers in cases not staying constant and rapidly increasing beginning at the start of October, we need to stay home, when possible, and avoid mass chaos. Overall, those who are shopping in-person are at risk because they expose themselves to COVID-19 significantly.

Cyber Monday

One big problem with Cyber Monday is whether COVID can be spread through mail and cardboard packages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronaviruses are spread most often by respiratory droplets.

Therefore, for the most part, you would need to come in contact with a carrier of the Coronavirus to catch this disease. But, Houston Methodist, a health organization, says the novel virus can attach to surfaces like cardboard for as little as four hours yet cling to plastic for up to three days. The CDC responded to this theory and wrote, the virus can survive for a short period on products; however, it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products, or packaging. Yes, there is a possibility to be exposed to COVID through the mail, yet the chance is minimal. It is much safer to buy a product online than go to a store and be around people who cannot wear their masks properly and risk exposure to this virus.

Overall, the safer route to go is with Cyber Monday and online shopping. Yes, the possibility of being exposed to COVID is apparent with both holidays. However, it is safer to stay at home and shop online.

Please stay home.