Mary Meisenzahl Mar 17, 2020, 9:44 AM
- The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has killed 6,500 people worldwide and infected more than 169,000, according to recent totals.
- The US has reported more than 4,700 cases, and 92 deaths.
- Some restaurants and delivery apps have implemented contactless delivery to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington state, among other US locations, have closed bars and restaurants except for takeout as experts warn about the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of the virus.
Some restaurants and delivery services have implemented contactless delivery, to further prevent spreading coronavirus between delivery drivers and customers. Customers and drivers alike have expressed concerns about increased risk of infection from contact with each other.
In China, KFC and Pizza Hut enabled contactless delivery as the coronavirus spread. Here are the contactless delivery options in the US so far.