Is it safe to get food delivered? Can you catch coronavirus from the packaging? Will it survive on the surface of your takeout?

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As the coronavirus tightens its grip on the U.S., many states have ordered restaurants to close for eat-in customers and switch to takeout only. But with the...

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3/24/2020

It's still safe to get food delivered amid the coronavirus pandemic. There is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted from food or food packaging, according to the FDA.

As the coronavirus tightens its grip on the U.S., many states have ordered restaurants to close for eat-in customers and switch to takeout only. But with the...

As the coronavirus tightens its grip on the U.S., many states have ordered restaurants to close for eat-in customers and switch to takeout only. But with the influx of deliveries, how safe is it to order food as we’re trying to halt the spread of a highly contagious illness? There is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted from food or food packaging, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Nor is there any indication that people have contracted coronavirus, from consuming food, said food-safety expert Benjamin Chapman, a professor at North Carolina State University. “ The virus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. ” “There is currently little scientific information about the survival of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the surface of open food,” the FDA said. “Work with similar viruses shows that some food surfaces don’t allow the virus to survive at all, but some do.” The FDA also said there’s no risk in the virus traveling on food surfaces from overseas. “COVID-19 is not transmitted through food or ingredients. Even if surfaces or packaging have been contaminated, the virus will only survive on such surfaces for a short period, therefore there is no risk of contamination,” it said. The virus can, however, live on surfaces. A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was detectable for up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, up to 24 hours on cardboard, up to four hours on copper, and up to three hours in aerosols. “The virus that causes COVID-19 has also been detected in the stool of certain people. So we currently cannot rule out the possibility of the infection being transmitted through food by an infected person who has not thoroughly washed their hands,” according to researchers at Harvard Medical School. “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.” “Wash your own hands after removing the packaging and before eating your food,” said Craig Hedberg, a University of Minnesota professor and expert on food-borne illnesses. Delivery people should wear gloves but, assuming people touches their faces multiple times an hour, “if the delivery person was infected, the gloves are not likely to prevent contamination,” Hedberg added. Delivery people should also pay attention to what they’re touching while wearing gloves. “ Last week, Instacart saw a 25% increase in “leave at my door” deliveries, a company spokeswoman said. ” Several food delivery companies are encouraging customers to take advantage of contactless delivery options. Instacart and Postmates offer a contactless delivery option which customer can select without having to craft a note. Last week, Instacart saw a 25% increase in “leave at my door” deliveries, a company spokeswoman said. In addition to ordering food deliveries for themselves, more than 40% of customers are placing orders on behalf of others. Others like Uber Eats US:UBER, DoorDash and Grubhub US:GRUB encourage customers to contact their delivery person in advance with instructions to limit contact. Grubhub drivers “can practice social distancing even if the customer didn’t opt-in,” CEO, Matt Maloney, told MarketWatch. “They could step back and text or call them on the phone and say, ‘I’m standing six feet away or I’ll stand here and wait for you but I don’t want to enter your home’.” “From the drivers I’ve spoken to and reached out to, they’re taking this very seriously,” said Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy site and a former Uber and Lyft driver. “Even in the very beginning stages of this, drivers were already practicing protective measures like wearing gloves, wiping everything down with Lysol CH:RB, and doing as much ‘no contact’ delivery as possible.” Chapman encourages people, especially those who are immuno-compromised, to take advantage of contactless delivery. “All they really have to worry about is what’s on the package, and we know that if they wash their hands before eating there’s a really low chance they can get the virus.” “To the extent that every avoided interaction is one less opportunity for transmission,” contactless delivery is effective at helping contain the virus, Hedberg said. But one caveat to that is that people may not immediately eat food when it is delivered to them which means they can end up eating food that spoiled. Instead of ordering food, many Americans have flocked to supermarkets to stock up on “pandemic pantry” essentials. Shopping for groceries is far cheaper, and poses a separate set of risks. “The main issue is your exposure to others as you shop for the food you will be taking home,” Hedberg said. “In both cases, the principle is to reduce the potential for direct exposure to the virus from others by limiting your interactions with them.” Read more: MarketWatch

aklen If you believe FDA, you should bellerive that Tr ump will open country at eastern. 😂😂😂 That's bogus, my husband was at a donut shop last month and watched the server sneeze into another customer's box and then proceed to put the donuts in. We haven't gone to a food establishment since. As I heard, the virus can stay on plastic up to 3 day and 24-48 hr on paper

I been taking extreme measures before these articles came out. But it survives for days on surfaces? ive read it and seen it in the news multiple times the virus stays on surfaces for days at a time. does food not have a 'surface', how about its 'packaging' Well why then CDC says it survives 9 days on plastic and metal and on other materials two days? It depends what’s in the mail I guess

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Coronavirus is revealing how badly the UK has failed its most vulnerableAt least one homeless shelter in the UK was forced to close after one of its users died from COVID-19. Most of the people in that shelter are now sleeping on the streets -- and may have come into contact with virus carriers. Oof WOW..... THE UK JUST BIFF THE HOMELESS HUH.... WOW...... CANT WAIT FOR THE WORLD TO READ THIS it is too sad.

‘This is bulls---’: Bitterness takes over Senate as lawmakers clash on rescueNormally-staid lawmakers were angrily clashing on the Senate floor Monday and the chamber remains deadlocked over an emergency package to rescue the economy from the coronavirus pandemic Watch out, Susan Collins is going to be 'very troubled' soon... Dems dont care how many Americans are hurting, businesses going under , our bills not getting paid , as long as they get to push their agendas its Americans be damned to them dems want permanent social justice and green measures instead of temporary help for the businesses they forced to close, and their workers

Stock market live updates: Dow futures down 400, waiting on Congress, 'limit down' againStocks pointed to declines on Monday as investors await a stimulus package from the coronavirus. That's because the democrats won't make a decision to pass a bill to help the economy, they will be the reason we fall into a great depression, there are so many out here already around where I live that have lost there jobs due to all this, and now we are getting false hopes. Misleading headline.

Opinion | Cracker Jack EconomicsFrom WSJopinion: Don’t fall for Cracker Jack economics. A prize inside every package won’t spur recovery from the coronavirus shock, writes andykessler opinion andykessler Trump is going to go backwards before the worst of it has hit us. opinion andykessler opinion andykessler YeaP, Trump is definitely a cracker indeed crackerinchief

Senate GOP coronavirus bill aides U.S. transit, airports but loans not cash for airlinesA Senate Republican coronavirus stimulus package would provide financial aid to ... And guess who happens to be Transportation secretary none other than Moscow Mitches wife the ambassador to Wuhan China. I see no corruption or conflicts of interest or shady backroom deals with Chinese governments at all. == Last sentence sarcasm I really do see it. China won.



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