Is It Safe to Get Food and Groceries Delivered During COVID-19?

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Due to the coronavirus, the American public has been advised to avoid eating out at restaurants and instead opt for takeout, delivery, or cautiously go shopping at the grocery store. However, many are wondering, just how safe is it to do these things as the virus looms?

Currently There Is No Evidence of Transmission by Food Itself

The chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ian Williams has stated that the virus is not likely to be spread through food itself. The Food and Drug Administration agreed on its website, stating there have been no reports of the virus being passed on by food or food packaging. 

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Takeout and Delivery

In order to reduce the risk of transmission, many businesses have adopted a contactless delivery system, leaving food at doorsteps as well as taking cashless, touch-free transactions. Even if you did consume food with the virus, there aren’t enough places in the digestive tract for the virus to adhere to, so you would likely not contract the COVID-19 and your digestive system would flush it out.

For high-risk individuals, it is recommended that takeout and delivery be picked up with gloves, the food be taken out and plated, and the packaging be properly disposed or recycled. And of course, thorough hand washing before eating!

Grocery Shopping

Experts say that anyone who is sick or thinks they might be sick should “strongly consider using a delivery service.” For in-store shopping, going during off hours can help in avoiding crowds. Health agencies have also continued to stress the importance of sanitizing your hands before entering the store and after leaving it, as well as keeping your hands away from your face.

For the full list of tips, read the original article here.