Can I get coronavirus infection when buying ready-to-eat food or ingredients for cooking from the markets or supermarkets? Can coronavirus spread through food packages? This is a common concern among many people. Check out the answer here. 

Can Coronavirus Spread Via Food Or Packages?

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 infection spread among humans through droplets containing the viruses. When a coronavirus-positive patient coughs or breezes, they release the viruses in droplets, as warned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Moreover, this virus can live in the air for hours and on the surfaces for days. 

Can Coronavirus Spread Via Food
Can Coronavirus Spread Via Food?

Unlike digestive viruses like norovirus or hepatitis virus, coronavirus rarely spreads through food. It’s the announcement of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported by Fox News.

However, if the cook is a coronavirus-positive case, he can still spread coronavirus to dinners. In addition, scientists also found coronavirus in infected patients’ feces. Therefore, food can be a spreading channel of coronavirus. Harvard Medical School announced that if the cook didn’t wash his hands carefully after going to the toilet, he can spread coronavirus to others via food.

Coronavirus Can Be Killed After Cooking Process
Coronavirus Can Be Killed After Cooking Process

Fortunately, SARS-CoV-2 viruses can be killed in the cooking process. So, we should eat well-cooked food to avoid infection. Fox News reported that some fresh or uncooked food like salad or bread can contain coronavirus. But luckily, according to the food safety professor Benjamin Chapman of North Carolina State University (USA), coronavirus can be killed by stomach acid. 

However, coronavirus can live on the surfaces of food packages for hours to days. So, CDC warned that if you touched those surfaces and then touched your nose, eyes, or mouth, you may get infected. 

Cook At Home
Cook At Home To Avoid Coronavirus Infection From Eating Out

To prevent coronavirus spread, food sellers need to do enough hygiene steps. We need to wash hands gradually, clean surfaces and cooking utensils with sanitizers, and cook the food well. Besides, people should buy ingredients and cook at home to avoid infection.