It’s not too often there’s good news about the coronavirus. Most days bring more anxiety and worry as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.
So let’s flip the script. Because new research eases one big fear many of us have had about the virus. And that’s the safety of our food.
Just a few weeks ago I told you about concerns over frozen foods potentially being the source of a new COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand. And we discussed the safety of dining out earlier today. (If you missed that, you can catch up here.)
Could our food supply be a potential route of infection even if we’re extra careful and stay mostly at home?
Well it looks like we can all relax a little as a new study takes this one off the table. And I mean that literally, as it finds you have almost NO CHANCE of getting the infection from what you eat.
FINALLY, some relief for food safety worries
Talk about relief. After all, for the most part we can control our risks by choosing to social distance, avoid crowds, and wear a mask.
But unless you live on a farm, there’s no real choice when it comes to your meals. You’ve got to eat.
Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have worried about the many ways we might get exposed from our food including…
- the food itself
- the packaging
- fresh items from the supermarket
- frozen foods from virus hotspots
- restaurant meals from delivery or curbside pickup
And while authorities have tried to reassure us that food seems to be safe, there’s been precious little research on the topic. So lots of folks are still avoiding all delivery and carry out as a result. Others are still wiping down packaging with sanitizers every single time they shop.
But the new study finds there’s likely very little to worry about.
No COVID-19 infections linked to meals
The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods says, “there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route” for the coronavirus.
Their research confirms there are no known cases of anyone getting COVID-19 from their meals. Plus, the agency says it’s true across the board. There’s no single food item or food category that should be considered a significant risk for the infection.
In other words, feel free to get a takeout meal from your favorite restaurant. And you don’t need to be concerned about scrubbing down every last food package that enters your home.
But remember, while WHAT you eat is likely safe, WHERE you do it is another story altogether.
One recent study finds eating indoors at a restaurant can more than double your coronavirus risk. So if you want a chef-prepared meal, do curbside pickup or delivery for now.
And of course there are still other risks from your food, including E. coli and salmonella, so be sure to take all your usual precautions as well.
Meanwhile, I don’t know what you’re having for dinner tonight… but I’m ordering out.