Although there is no proof or documented cases COVID-19, which suggests that the virus can be transmitted through food, experts said that there’s still a chance of disease if you take an object that was coughed up by someone infected. About it writes USA Today.
And while most people take the right decisions, all you need is one wrong to increase the risk of infection.
In Pennsylvania the woman passed through the grocery store, coughing on the food. Felicia Gulet-Miller, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Florida on the Gulf coast, said the food, including fresh produce, can spread the disease.
“If the product has been infected by a sick person, and you touch this product, and then to his face you can imagine,” said the Boat-Miller, noting that this is another reason not to touch your face in public and to wash their hands after touching objects that were touched by other people.
Don Shaffner, Professor of food science at Rutgers University in new Jersey, said that the information and recommendations are constantly changing, but the virus does not like to be outside of the body. After a few days the virus will die on a hypothetical Apple that sneezed people with COVID-19.
“We believe that it is true that it is impossible to be infected by the coronavirus from Apple, but we don’t know that definitively,” said Shaffner.
Soap and detergent will not kill COVID-19
Vegetables do not bleach or use chlorine on the fruit. No disinfecting wipes or isopropyl alcohol.
“They are unsafe for human consumption,” said Gullet-Miller.
And if you eat a lot of soap, it can be toxic, warns Shaffner.
“Soap and detergents intended for hand washing or washing dishes, and they’re not meant to wash the food, — he said. — If you eat them, it can cause stomach upset”.
As for the chlorine, its misuse is also associated with hazards.
“The use of chlorine in this way is worse than the regular risk of food pathogens,” said Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, Director of the Center for food safety at the University of Georgia.
How to protect yourself
The main recommendation given by the experts together with the leadership of the Centers for control and prevention of diseases (CDC), is that you need to rinse the product under running water before use.
The CDC also emphasized the importance of thoroughly washing hands with soap and water “for at least 20 seconds” before preparing or eating food.
“The recommendation still is to soak the product in water or place them under running water to remove any potential contamination,” said Diez-Gonzalez.
Cleaners removed about 90% of all contaminants, but not everyone finds time for rinsing before start eating.
“I guess that a lot of people to this outbreak did not wash their products,” said Diez-Gonzalez, who calculated that before the pandemic less than 20% wash hands before eating.
Gulet-Miller also recommends washing fruits such as bananas.
“Even if the fetus has a peel, you should first wash it, because touching it might contaminate your hands and then you can infect yourself,” says Gullet-Miller.
Do not share food
Felicia Wu, Professor of the science of food and human nutrition at the University of Michigan, said that the sharing of food and drinks of any kind should be prohibited.
“It is very important, even in families, to ensure that no sharing food that someone already took a bite or sipped,” said Wu, noting that the saliva of an infected may contain the virus.
“That is why someone infected with the virus and coughing LII sneezing near you will increase your risk of infection,” said Wu.
Shaffner also says that if someone is sick in your house, he “must eat separately.”