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Wed Apr 22, 2020, 07:44 PM

5. It's Likely...

...that the swab has a fitting lower on the stick that goes into a sealed tube. That would be logical to avoid a contamination of the sample itself.
Also, viruses cannot migrate independent of host fluid or fluid dynamics.
It's not going to get from inside an envelope to the outside.
Last, it's been demonstrated that normal stationery paper & cardboard are surfaces that limits viral viability the most. Less than 24 hours and the virus is no longer viable on cardboard & Kraft paper (paper bags). Moderately finished paper (like an envelope) only a little longer.
It's not like true hard surfaces where it lasts for days & days. (14 on one of the tested cruise ships)
Besides, it's probably how professionally done tests are sent to the analytical labs now.

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