Many travelers rely on takeout and restaurants for their food while on vacation or away from home. The question has been raised: is the coronavirus spread by eating food? I looked at three respected sources and found that it seems to be safe according to the CDC, WHO and Harvard. They all agree, the coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, most often person to person. It is most likely safe to eat food, even if it happens to be prepared by someone infected with the coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.
This means that an infected respiratory droplet would have to somehow travel from the infected restaurant worker and make it into your lungs. However, when eating, foods and liquids typically do not make it into the lungs unless you are choking.
The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus known to spread by upper respiratory secretions, including airborne droplets after coughing or sneezing.
In the case of hot food, the virus would likely be killed by cooking. This may not be the case with uncooked foods like salads or sandwiches.
According to this article, eating takeout food is safe. However, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Also, hot foods may be safer than cold foods.
More information is needed, but early evidence suggests that there is nothing to worry about.
The World Health Organization obviously has to be very careful about whether what they say can or cannot spread the coronavirus. The fact that they are even suggesting that this is not a likely source of infection says a lot.
The good news is, eating takeout food probably isn’t an effective way for the disease to spread. Just be sure to wash your hands frequently!
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