Coronavirus And COVID-19 Handling Food Safely
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Handling Food Safely
Washing produce: You do not need to wash each individual apple with soapy water for 20 seconds. In fact, the FDA advises against using soap at all. Even before the coronavirus, you should’ve been rinsing all your produce under running water — that’ll do the trick. For firm produce, you can also use a clean vegetable brush.
Freezing vs. heating: Yes, coronavirus can probably survive in your freezer. If you’re nervous about that pizza, either wipe down the box before putting it in, or transfer the pizza to a different container. Heat, on the other hand, will kill it, so cook your food to at least 160 F if you’re concerned. But there’s no evidence that COVID-19 will spread through food, so if that’s impractical, don’t sweat it.
Food delivery: If you want to order in, go right ahead. Remember, it’s very unlikely you’ll get COVID-19 by eating something. As for the packaging, hand washing comes in again: Wash your hands, then transfer the food to your own dishes. Discard the container and wash your hands again. Then enjoy a nice meal you didn’t have to cook. As Allen wrote in the Washington Post, “If you take basic precautions, including washing your hands frequently, the danger from accepting a package from a delivery driver or from takeout from a local restaurant or from buying groceries is de minimis. That’s a scientific way of saying, ‘The risks are small, and manageable.’”
Article courtesy of Debbie Koenig, Published by WebMD.com.
Limit your exposure to coronavirus by staying away from large groups of people and anyone who has recently traveled. Watch for symptoms such as low grade fever (Below 100 degrees), headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Click HERE for Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard.
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