Officials at the FDA say there's no known risk that COVID-19 transmits through food, but here are few tips that can still make deliveries much safer.
As quarantining and working from home become the new lifestyle because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, people are more relying on deliveries to buy groceries and get food from their favorite restaurants.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that you cannot catch coronavirus from food, there is a concern about person-to-person contact via delivery. However, many delivery centers are implementing no-contact delivery where meals are left on doorsteps, rather than handed to the customer, which shouldn’t deter customers from ordering.
Below are some additional preventive tips you can take to ensure a safe delivery process:
- Keep social distancing. Ask the driver to drop off food at the door and keep social distancing, at least 1 meter.
- Wear gloves when receiving your order, and throw it immediately.
- If paying in cash or card, don't touch your face after paying and bringing your food inside. It’s highly preferable if you pay online if option is available.
- The CDC says that there is a risk of getting the virus by coming into contact with a surface that has the virus on it. That’s why it’s best if you throw out the takeout container and use your own plate or container.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after throwing the takeout containers. And don’t forget to always wash your hands with soap and water before and after eating.
During a pandemic like COVID-19, there are always risks, but there are also ways to mitigate those risks.
Stay safe and enjoy your food!