Can food give you coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know

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  • The novel coronavirus can survive on plenty of surfaces but there’s no evidence it can infect people who ingest food that might contain SARS-CoV-2 droplets.
  • An extensive report explains why food, whether it’s cooked at home or delivered from a restaurant, can’t give you COVID-19.
  • Personal hygiene and social distancing is still advised, as the process of getting food includes interacting with at least one person.
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The novel coronavirus is so dangerous because it can be easily transmitted from person to person. The fact that it can survive up to a few hours in the air and as long as three days on certain surfaces only further aides transmission. But, and this is crucial, the virus has to find a way to jump from those surfaces to your eyes, nose, or mouth, after which it will nest inside your throat on its way to its favorite place, the lungs. That’s where the real fun begins for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and it’s up to your immune system to fight it, whether it’s aided by drugs or not. As long as you stay away from other people, and wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with plenty of soap, the virus has no chance of infecting you.

But what if those tiny droplets make it into the food that’s been prepared for you by someone else? What if a delivery person has COVID-19, but they just don’t know it? What if the virus somehow makes it into the food you make yourself at home? These are all valid questions that will surely drive up your blood pressure and paranoia. But the answer to all of them is that the chance of getting COVID-19 from food is incredibly small. In fact, a particular set of events has to occur in order to get the novel coronavirus from any sort of food that you’re about to eat, regardless of the source.

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