By now, you’ve probably read the official statements of food companies around the world, as well as food regulatory agencies. Even though currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19, there is a possibility a person can get infected by COVID-19 just by touching a surface or potentially contaminated object that has virus on and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes.
It’s always best to wear protective gloves when shopping, and then to clean the packaging after you arrive home, of course, this is only a precautionary measure because as said before, there is no direct evidence that packaging can be associated with transmission, but better be safe than sound.
According to the experts, this virus has poor survivability on surfaces, so there is a low risk you can get infected from food products that were shipped over for period of days, or refrigerated and frozen.
If we look at similar outbreaks such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), transmission through food consumption did not occur, and at this moment experts believe that there is no evidence that corona virus will be any different in that respect.
The most important thing now is to closely follow the guidelines issued by your local authorities and by doing so you minimize the risk of getting infected.
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