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If you survive on supply contracts while isolating yourself, you can rely on one problem – it seems practically impossible to catch the corona virus from food.
The CDC, the USDA, and medical experts say there is no evidence that the coronavirus is spreading through food. But while people are trying to stay safe, some are still a little crazy about the idea of coming into contact with meals that have been handled by other people.
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J. Kenji López-Alt perfectly summed up the concerns of many people in his detailed food and corona virus guide published in Serious Eats.
“Suppose a food worker coughs while preparing my food. How could I do that?” Not Pick up the virus from food? “asked López-Alt.
Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist from North Carolina State University, assured López-Alt that it was OK.
“Even if a worker sneezes directly into a bowl of raw salad before putting it in a take-out container so you can take it home, you’re unlikely to get sick,” said López-Alt.
While I’m inclined to believe López-Alt and Chapman, I’ve asked the same question from some experts. And they agreed – even in the unlikely event that someone with COVID-19 coughs directly in your meal, you won’t get the coronavirus.
“Transmission occurs through the respiratory epithelium in the nose, mouth, and eyes. It is unlikely to be transmitted through food, rather to the hands when food packaging is held in the hand,” said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, emergency physician and director of global health for Northwell Health.
According to Dr. Jaimie Meyer, an infectious disease specialist at Yale Medicine, has so far found no evidence of coronavirus transmission through food.
“The primary mode of transmission of the virus from person to person is by inhaling droplets directly (for example, within 6 feet of someone who coughs or sneezes and inhales),” said Meyer.
Meyer and Cioe-Pena said that you should keep a distance of two meters between you and the cashier or delivery agent when ordering. Avoid sharing a pen when signing an invoice. Make sure you wash your hands after handling the food packaging, as this could potentially spread the coronavirus – though Cio-Pena says the risk is low. And to make sure you tip well.
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