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Can coronavirus spread through food?

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There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can spread through food. The virus is spread from person-to-person through close contact (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets when coughing or sneezing. The other way it commonly spreads is through surfaces contaminated with respiratory droplets containing the virus. Someone touches that surface and can transmit the virus to themselves by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes or by transmitting it to someone else by touching them. Even if the virus were to land on food that you ate, there’s no evidence that swallowing the virus leads to infection. It needs to be transmitted to the respiratory system – into the nose, sinuses or lungs.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 29, 2020

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