There's so many questions and concerns about the Coronavirus and one of them that keeps coming up is what if your food has been exposed to the virus.  Should you throw it away?  

Many of us have ordered take-out from local restaurants and the food we've purchased at the grocery stores, could it be contaminated? There's no dumb questions when it comes COVID-19. Here's the answer:

 Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

 

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Learn what is known about the spread of COVID-19.

For more questions about the COVID-19, visit:  coronavirus.in.gov

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