Ordering Takeout Food Amid Coronavirus Outbreak? Here’s What You Should Do

Regardless of whether you’re already stuck at home in self-isolation and spending all your time playing video games or practicing social distancing from your friends and family while you wait for this whole coronavirus pandemic to weather itself out, it’s a fact that all of us needs food to survive this quarantine period. And to do that, we need groceries or, at the very least, food delivery services.

You don’t want to go out during these times, so you need food to be delivered at your doorstep. The worry, however, is that because viruses like the coronavirus can stick and live on surfaces, they may be able to contaminate the food you bought. But not to worry since you can rest easy knowing that food delivered to your home doesn’t put you at any risk.

This is because according to experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is currently no hard evidence "to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or food packaging." And while much is still unknown about the virus that caused this whole staying-at-home business, the FDA maintains that there is no proof people will get sick after eating a meal. As such, majority of transmissions came from human-to-human contact, with the agency’s website stating “foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission."

But if you want to be extra careful, then here are simple steps you can take to fully guarantee that your delivered food is clean and safe:

Place the delivery bag in your sink

This is so you don’t put it on top of counter spaces in your kitchen, or on the table itself. Simply sanitize or disinfect your sink right after.

Put your food into a plate

While doing this, make sure you don’t touch your food directly. While it’s unclear whether the virus can be neutralized by cold temperatures, avoid putting plastic, paper or cardboard containers in your fridge.

Wash your hands

This should go without saying, but make sure you use warm water and soap. Wash your hands thoroughly.

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