SOUTH – Since self-isolation measures have been taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, restaurants have been forced to close the dining area but many still offer takeout and delivery options. Some consumers might ask, how safe is that?
According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, yes, it is safe to order food.
In a post on their website they answered that questionUniversity officials explained that restaurants around the world were required not only to require local health department standards, they also had to comply with safe food practices carried out by the Food and Drug Administration.
The next post explains that until now there was no evidence to suggest that novel coronaviruses spread through food.
That adds if you are worried about getting a transmission from the surface such as a restaurant counter or a food bag, here are some things you can do:
- Maintain social distance (at least six feet) when you take food. Avoid touching your face.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water when you get home.
- Remove food from bag / package / container bags and dispose of or recycle appropriately. Wash your hands again.
- Wash your hands often before handling food, when preparing food, and before eating food.
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