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Could goods from the store carry coronavirus?

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According to the FDA, food and food packaging have not been linked with the spread of COVID-19. Unlike food borne viruses that can make people sick through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19, is spread by droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face.

Since the virus can survive on surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard, practice usual hygiene. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol before, during, and after handling food or food packaging. Fruits and veggies that are not prewashed should be scrubbed well under running water. Disinfect surfaces in your food prep and cooking areas including high touch areas like the fridge door.

Food and Drug Administration: Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 25, 2020

Food and Drug Administration: Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 25, 2020

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