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For example, if I traveled to Asia (such as Japan or Shanghai, China) early this winter and brought back some small souvenirs intended for my colleagues. Should I refrain from giving them to my colleagues and bosses due to their fear over coronavirus?

Would it make a difference if I was at the epicenter of the virus outbreak (Wuhan, China in this example)?

(Assuming I was not infected by coronavirus. The probability the gift is infected with the virus is very low since e.g. the time when I was in Asia is before the complete outbreak of the virus (e.g. at the end of last year).)

Note: I am looking for a cultural answer.

The example is used for illustration. My question is just that should I give my colleagues souvenir from a region which is currently feared globally due to epidemics even when I am very sure that the gift is very likely to be not infected?

I am asking this because someone I know give their colleagues souvenirs from Middle East during a MERS outbreak, which their colleagues gladly accepted. I am not sure whether it is appropriate after the cronovirus outbreak.

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My question is just that should I give my colleagues souvenir from a region which is currently feared globally due to epidemics even when I am very sure that the gift is very likely to be not infected?

No, you should not.

The only information that your colleagues will have is that the gift came from the "feared" region. You may be very sure that the gift is not infected but your colleagues have nothing to go by other than your word. Even if they absolutely trust that you would not attempt to harm them, they have no way of knowing if the gift is infected unless some sort of tests are performed to confirm either way. Even mentioning that you were in the feared region may be enough to cause a panic for some of your colleagues. The bottom line, do not attempt to give them gifts from that area until the fears surrounding that area have been resolved.

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Note: I am looking for a cultural answer.

Forget the cultural aspect, if you suspect such souvenir could be infected you should not give it away and dispose it immediately in an appropriate way (or even contact Health authorities).

If you want a cultural aspect of this, I am positive that in any culture health is something good and valuable. Thus, gifting someone a thing that could endanger their health is undesirable in any culture.

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