Although the coronavirus is relatively young and still subject to studies and insights and although its behaviors and, above all, its evolution are not entirely clear, some information concerning it seems to be taken for granted all over the world. One of these concerns the way through which it is NOT transmitted, especially in relation to the consumption of possibly infected food.
In the form of FAQs, therefore, we try to answer the main doubts of these days to dispel some myths and calm the minds.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CONTRACT CORONAVIRUS THROUGH THE FOOD WE EAT?
SARS-CoV-2 it is an infection that is transmitted by the respiratory route by inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected people or, indirectly, by bringing contaminated hands to the mouth, eyes and nose.
For the moment, nowhere in the world, have there been any recorded infections occurring by ingestion of contaminated food.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I EAT A SALAD OR A TOMATO WHICH SOMEONE INFECTED HAS COUGHED OR SHEEPED ON?
Doubts related to the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits that may have been accidentally ‘infected’ by someone who is sick cough or sneeze are many. In reality there is no need to worry: all the guidelines, in fact, recommend limiting yourself to wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly under cold water as has always been done. For a form of added safety, you can add baking soda to the wash.
ARE THERE PROBLEMS WITH COOKED FOODS?
No, cooked foods are no problem e they do not appear to be in any way a vehicle for the transmission of the virus.
IS THERE ANY KIND OF DANGER IN THE CONSUMPTION OF TAKE-AWAY FOOD PREPARED OUTSIDE THE HOME?
All the premises (pubs, bars, restaurants, rotisseries, ovens …) that currently provide take-away service are obliged to comply with all the hygienic safety measures required by law. No problem, therefore, with food delivery.
DO YOU NEED TO DISINFECT THE FOOD PACKAGES AFTER THE SHOPPING IS DONE?
The answer to this question is no, it is not necessary to disinfect all packages. Instead, we recommend eliminate any bags and external containers where possible, store the packaged foods as usual (remember that, depending on the surfaces, the virus lives from 24 to 72 hours outside a living organism, considerably reducing its infectious charge hour by hour) and clean the kitchen surfaces with which these have come into contact.
Obviously, after putting away the shopping and, in any case, on returning from the supermarket, wash your hands thoroughly.
IS SHOPPING DANGEROUS?
No, keeping safe distances and avoiding putting your hands in your mouth after touching the goods on the shelves, trolleys and food (for this purpose, a mask and glasses can be useful to avoid indirect transmission).
Most of the large distribution chains provide their customers with paper towels and disinfectant to sanitize the handles of the trolleys. On returning home, of course, it is a must to wash your hands immediately.
HOW TO CLEAN THE KITCHEN AND THE SHELVES OF THE FRIDGE OR THE SIDEBOARD?
As always, taking care to maintain a high level of hygiene in the environments where you eat (a rule that should always apply, regardless of the coronavirus). There are no particular indications in this sense unless there is a positive person in the house. In this case, for the sanitation of the house, some substances have proved to be more efficient than others: ethanol (the banal pure alcohol), for example, is 71% effective in eliminating the virus, Amuchina only at 0.1%.