These are trying times for everyone, Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been declared the first Pandemic in 11 years by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last week. Since then governments the world over have taken strict measures to curtail the spread of this novel Coronavirus. International trade between affected countries has all but stopped, citizens are being asked to voluntarily isolate themselves for 15 days by staying at home. In times like these the prevalent question of food hangs high above our heads in the fashion of a big neon ‘Question mark’ sign.
We have done some preliminary research into the question and have some much needed answers for you.
The first question that would cross your mind is whether Coronavirus or COVID-19 is transmitted via food?
No, so far there has been no indication that the COVID-19 virus is transferable via food. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which is headquartered at Northern Italy, one of the worst affected countries outside of China, have confirmed that the virus does not transmit over food.
The spread of the virus is attributed mainly due to human proximity, where a healthy person may come in contact with the droplets left behind by a person, either sneezing, coughing or exhaling, infected with Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Hot food prepared freshly and promptly runs a low risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. Whereas cold food or food consumed at room temperature where a person suffering from Coronavirus is present may increase the chances of contamination.
It is important to limit ones movements socially to deter the spread of the virus to those whose immune systems are already compromised, such as elderly individuals, children or people suffering from chronic and respiratory illnesses.
For more information please visit the World Health Organisation, (WHO) website.
The research in this article is supported by notable websites of repute and International regulatory bodies.
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