Is it possible to catch the » Corona » epidemic from eating contaminated food?
While research continues into the matter of the virus, and tracking the ways of its spread, it has become known that the new « Corona » may remain on surfaces for a few hours to several days. However, simple disinfectants and sterilizers can kill him.
Information and expert advice to help keep the virus out of your home and food.
While there is no evidence that anyone has contracted the virus as a result of eating contaminated food, it may be possible to catch the epidemic, on the other hand, by touching a surface or object contaminated with the virus, and then touching the face.
The biggest risk comes from close contact with other people, while shopping, or via food delivery.
Food packaging sterilization
• Food must be taken out of food packages from external orders (delivery). Put them on a clean plate, and dispose of the packages by wrapping them in bags and throwing them outside in their own place.
• Clean food packages from outside orders or cans and bags, with disinfectant, before opening them.
• Wash non-canned products, such as: fruits and vegetables, well under running water.
• Wash hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer directly.
General advice to ensure food hygiene
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, before preparing food.
• Use separate cutting boards for meat, poultry, uncooked fish and vegetables.
• Cook food at the recommended temperature.
• Save perishable items, refrigerated or frozen, according to the product, and pay attention to the expiration dates of the products.
Avoid accumulating waste, which can attract pests.
• Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds before eating.
• Use clean utensils and plates.
It is currently unclear how long the virus can survive on tissues, but it is worth noting that many clothes may contain plastic and metal elements (buttons, zippers …), and the virus lives on them from a few hours to several days.
For prevention, it is necessary to take off the shoes before entering the house, as well as change clothes upon entering the house, especially after returning from crowded places, and washing hands with soap and water.
Washing at home
• Bed sheets, towels and clothes should be washed regularly.
Avoid shaking the dirty laundry, in order to reduce the possibility of the virus spreading in the air.
• Wash clothes with soap or detergent and warm water, and dry them completely – both steps help kill the virus.
• Washing hands with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before beginning washing, and after putting clothes in the washing machine.
Wash or sterilize the laundry bag (or laundry bin), too.