Can you catch Covid-19 infection through food? One of the scariest parts during the pandemic and lockdowns was the thought that we could contract the virus through the food we eat. However, doctors reassured us that the spread of infection through food was as significant as it was through face-to-face contact.
Doctors encourage the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. They increase immunity, which is crucial at this time.
Just this basic step can keep you safe:
Wash whatever fruits and vegetables you bring from the market thoroughly. This we did before too and we need to do this now.
However, one extra step you must do at present is wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap for 20 seconds before you wash fruits and vegetables.
Your hands should be clean before you handle raw and cooked food.
Scrub fruits and vegetables with hands properly for more than 20 seconds. This applies more when you want to eat them raw.
This is because viruses and bacteria cannot survive when the food is cooked in high temperatures.
Wash fruits and vegetables properly
Handling food in the kitchen
Evidence indicates that Coronaviruses cannot survive in cooked food.
However, if your food stays unwashed and you freeze it without washing, virus can survive on the food surface for 2 years in the frozen stage!
This indicates that you must thoroughly wash the food even if you don’t intend to eat them or cook them. In fact, as researchers suggest, washing becomes all the more important, if you wish to store it for longer period.
You must wipe the lid properly before opening a canned food container.
Regularly disinfect pots, utensils, countertops, and refrigerators at each use. This decreases the risk of virus cross-contamination within food items when you store them.
Also, cook food properly, keeping appropriate temperature and cooking time. Do not be lax in this regard.
Infectious does of virus
According to research, most respiratory viruses can infect at low doses. That’s why it becomes crucial to handle and consume food with caution. Otherwise, this could be become one of the mediums to transmit the infection.