During these troubling times, we know you have a lot of questions about your health and safety. Today, we wanted to answer some of your questions concerning food. This way you can be safe and worry a little less!
Question One: Can I get the Coronavirus from food?
To put your mind at ease, the simple answer is “No”. You can’t get COVID-19 by ingesting it. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some small precautions we should be taking. When handling food, like fresh produce or bags of frozen food, be sure to wash the surfaces or peel the outer layer of your product before cooking them.
Once the virus is spread through the cough or sneeze of an infected person, droplets can rest on the surface of food the same way they can rest on a doorknob, or counter; so, washing your food, as well as washing your hands frequently, is a great way to cut down on any risk of contraction.
Question Two: Is ordering take-out still a risk?
All your local restaurants that are still operating on a take-out, drive-thru, or delivery system are still following the same food preparation and sanitation standards set by the FDA and your State’s Department of Health. This means that, as always, your risk of infection from restaurant food is very low.
However, some risk still remains when interacting with food carriers that fulfill delivery requests. Be sure to maintain at least a six-foot distance from others at all times or, our favorite, opt for contact-free delivery options and ask your delivery person to leave your food at the door.
By following these simple and easy tips, you can help yourself, your family, and your community stay as safe as possible! At the end of the day, that’s really the goal.
We hope you’ve found this little information bulletin helpful! From everyone here at the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep eating well!