Dietitian Answers Coronavirus Questions from the Internet | Covid-19 vs. Food | Dietitan Q&A
From Megan Gibson
0:57 - Will heat from cooking kill the coronavirus?
1:16 - Do I need to wipe down my groceries when I come home from the store?
2:21 - How long does the virus live on surfaces that your food may be in, like plastic or cardboard?
3:17 - What are some tips to stay safe while you are grocery shopping?
4:37 - Is it safe to order takeout?
In addition to worrying about having an ample supply of food in the house and feeling anxious over shopping in crowded supermarkets, people are also concerned about whether they can get COVID-19—the disease caused by the new coronavirus—from the groceries and takeout they’re buying.
Here’s the good news: “The science around coronavirus continues to unfold, but there is currently no evidence that the disease is transmitted by food,” says Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
Wash your hands before and after preparing food—and during if you are handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs—as well as before you eat. Wash fruits and vegetables. Don’t eat raw dough or batter (E. coli is sometimes found in flour). In addition, be sure to prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat separate from other foods, using separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, and using a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperatures. You should also refrigerate perishable foods and leftovers promptly.
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