Can COVID-19 Survive on Food or Packaging?

COVID-19 is a virus that spreads through air droplets from an infected person. The risk of contracting the virus through a surface contaminated with droplets is minimal. Fortunately, the U. S.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet reported any cases of coronavirus transmitted through food or food packaging. There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 through food. The virus can be killed at temperatures similar to other known viruses and bacteria found in food. Before cooking, raw animal products must be handled with care to avoid cross-contamination with cooked foods. The World Health Organization's (WHO) five keys to a safer diet provide more information on this.

Coronaviruses are generally believed to be transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets, not food. It is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before preparing or eating food. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

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