As the coronavirus pandemic forces more people into their homes, it’s only natural for Americans to line up in markets in order to stock up on essentials and other supplies. But with the news that the coronavirus can stick onto surfaces and survive for up to three days, worrying about whether the food they bought is safe and clean is a common affair for most people. So how do you exactly make sure that your groceries are safe from the virus?
Do you need to disinfect your groceries?
First off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reiterated time and again that as long as you do the proper precautions when preparing food, then there is no need to worry since there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted by food. In fact, the bigger risk is the fact that shopping for groceries means you have to be around a lot of other people, which is being discouraged since social distancing is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of the disease.
As for the packaging that comes with your groceries, the fact is that simply touching them will make you sick, even on the off chance that the virus is sticking to them. Per experts, such instances can be solved by simply washing your hands properly after, and properly disposing of the packaging once you get your food out.
Same goes for disinfecting all of the individual boxes and baggies because, again, washing your hands is more effective, logical and convenient. Additionally, washing your hands before you eat is already a best practice in itself, even if we’re not under a pandemic.
And as for reusable bags, regularly washing them should work.
“While it is theoretically possible that a reusable bag may pick up germs, including coronavirus while in the grocery store, the biggest threat that anyone faces is someone else in the store who has COVID-19. I would suggest that you keep your grocery bags in the car,” Donald Schaffner, a microbiologist and food expert, said.
So good news, as long as you’re following protocol and washing your hands, then your food is probably safe.