Can We Catch Covid-19 From Food?
One of your most burning questions about the pandemic-virus has got to be food-related. Afterall, eating is an activity that is so closely tied to our daily life and everyday habits. So can you or can’t you get Covid-19 from foods? Read more to find out.
Should You Be Worried?
In general, everyone is advised to stay alert but not panic. When it comes to food though, the science behind food safety has given experts clues on how to assess the situation with the virus.
While there are still many facts that are yet to be uncovered about Covid-19, the virus is confirmed to be transmitted from person to person, primarily through respiratory droplets. As such, it is unlikely for the virus to appear in food.
CDC officials say there’s no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food, even if someone handling it coughs or sneezes nearby. Experts say that if consumers follow safety measures while preparing food such as washing produce and cooking meat to proper temperatures, there’s no need to worry.
This particular virus appears to be not a foodborne virus, and even if it somehow ends up in ur guts, this type of virus is unlikely to survive well in the digestion which is very acidic. Experts say there’s currently no evidence of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, being transmitted through food.
They also have good reasons to believe that food or food packaging, including groceries or takeout food, is not a source of getting sick. So overall, things are looking bright on the food side!
Okay, What About Drinking Water?
The virus that causes Covid-19 has not been detected in drinking water. Water treatment facilities have processes to filter and disinfect water before it goes into your home. With further cooking/boiling or other filtration systems, drink up and stay healthy.
Food Safety : How to Lower Your Risk With Food
Still, as things are always evolving, it’s always a good idea to set some rules in place that will not only prevent you from virus but as well as other illnesses. First, always make sure that food safety measures are applied to avoid foodborne illness, such as:
- Frequent hand washing
- Cleaning surfaces and utensils
- Cooking food to the right temperature
- Keep your preparation area and tools separated for raw meats from raw vegetables and cooked food.
Secondly, follow tips on how to handle your packages and deliveries safely during the pandemic, including with food and groceries.
Lastly, make sure you are choosing good quality foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients to ensure that you’re getting the basics you need to stay healthy and immune-protected!