Many people are concerned about food safety with the news that the coronavirus can live on surfaces. Though experts agree that there is no reason to believe that food will transmit the virus, that doesn't mean you can forget simple food safety habits.
Pandemic or not, you can still treat food safely and prepare it. That means that you have to:
Separate from other ingredients, raw meat, poultry, and fish.
Cook meals at the right temperatures.
If the temperature is above 90 degrees, refrigerate leftovers within two hours or within one hour.
Sweep and disinfect countertops and other surfaces in your kitchen before and after cooking.
Wash your hands with chemicals before and after handling food, as well as after cleaning countertops and other surfaces.
Before eating, wash fresh food, even if you intend to remove the skin.
Use soap and water when you wash your face. And to be sure they're safe, scrub for at least 20 seconds.
Lastly, do not share with anyone your food, drinks, or utensils.
Although the virus is not likely to spread with food, being around other people can. Now, especially if you have a compromised immune system, might be a good time to use to-go options or have your groceries delivered. And many restaurants, even though their dining rooms are closed, offer takeout and delivery.
When ordering food for takeout or delivery, to help protect yourself and others:
Ask the delivery person at the door or on the porch to leave your parcels.
Don't eat out of containers for takeout. Serve your own dishes with the food and use your own utensils.
If you can, remain at least six feet from others.
If necessary, pay for your food online or over the phone to help minimize contact.
Throw all the bags and packaging away, and after handling them, wash your hands well.
Know, healthy eating helps to remain high in your immune system. So keep making healthy decisions about what to order and place on your plates.
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