The news that the coronavirus can live on surfaces has many people worried about food safety. While experts say there is no reason to think the virus can be spread by food, that doesn’t mean that you can forgo basic food safety habits.
Pandemic or not, you should always handle and prepare food safely. That means you should:
When you wash your hands, use soap and water. And scrub for at least 20 seconds to be sure they’re clean.
Lastly, don’t share your food, drinks, or utensils with others.
While food isn’t likely to spread the virus, being around other people can. Now may be a good time to use to-go options or have your groceries delivered, especially if you have a compromised immune system. And many restaurants are offering takeout and delivery, even if their dining rooms are closed.
To help protect yourself and others when ordering food for takeout or delivery:
Remember, healthy eating helps your immune system stay strong. So continue to make healthy choices about what to order and put on your plates.
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Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FoodSafety.gov