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Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted Through Food?

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt the whole world a blow in the past few years. It shook the world to its core, running businesses down and taking the lives of loved ones, family, friends, and acquaintances.

Infection rates over the past few months have reduced, and the world is almost back to ‘normal.’ COVID-19 protocols and regulations have been reduced or removed in some places. COVID-19 tests have been made easier with self-help kits, helping people to catch it before it progresses and curb the spread.

Yes, COVID-19 may look like a thing of the past. However, people are still getting infected every day from well-known sources like breathing the same air in the same surrounding as an infected person or touching surfaces where respiratory droplets have landed.

The primary mode of COVID-19 transmission is through respiratory droplets from an infected person talking, sneezing, or coughing. Because of this, there are concerns about getting the virus from food and packaging.

This post will look more in-depth at what is known about catching the coronavirus via food or packaging materials. Let’s answer a few questions. Firstly, how do you get an illness from food?

There are two possible ways

The first way happens when someone handling your food becomes ill with a virus or bacteria while preparing it, contaminating the food item.

The second way is when food—like lettuce or red onions—becomes contaminated with a pathogen (a disease-causing organism, like E. coli, in this case, COVID-19 virus), which may have developed during the food’s growth or been introduced during distribution.

Is There A Possibility Of Transmission Of Covid-19 Through Food From The Store?

According to the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of spread from food products or packaging is low because of the poor survivability of the COVID-19 virus on surfaces.

Chances are, food may contain the coronavirus. In fact, according to some currently under-reviewed research, the virus can persist for weeks on frozen or refrigerated foods.

The COVID-19 virus requires living host cells to reproduce. They cannot grow in or on food, unlike bacteria or fungi.

Practicing safety tips when handling food can help in preventing coronavirus. Some examples of these tips include; Proper hand washing before touching food, rinsing fresh produce thoroughly to eliminate germs, and cooking at recommended temperatures to kill any remaining virus.

You can be worried about restaurant food in addition to fresh food. This can include food you order from takeout restaurants or delivered to your home.

Even if it’s not impossible, it’s still unlikely to contract the new coronavirus from food prepared or handled by another person.

Restaurants have taken steps like ensuring all workers; frequently undergo the COVID-19 test, use gloves in food preparation, use masks, and disinfect and clean surfaces more regularly.

You can also protect yourself while dining out by wearing your facemask, ensuring you keep the necessary social distancing guidelines, ensuring the staff of your chosen restaurant wears facemasks, and using hand sanitizers when necessary.

 For the time being, skip eating out if you don’t feel at ease. Ordering takeout can be a good option, so you can enjoy food from your favorite without risking infection.

Can You Get Covid From Food Packaging or Takeout?

According to the CDC, no COVID-19 cases have been connected to food packaging or shopping bags.

Washing your hands after handling packages can help prevent infection.

Finally, a person would need to have COVID-19 while making your food, have a high enough viral load (the quantity of virus they have inside them), and cough or sneeze directly into your food to have any chance of a foodborne contamination route. The virus would also need to be able to survive and persist in that meal.

While COVID-19 is no longer spreading wildly, people are still getting infected. You can prevent it by keeping the new COVID-19 guidelines and taking antibody tests if you suspect you have been infected.

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GETTING TESTED AND STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

The covid-19 pandemic sneaked upon us and just like that we are in the third year of the pandemic. Although the effect has been said to have reduced after the vaccination Introduction, it is still very much around, and just as contagious.

Before now, our day was filled with more physical activities like outings, shopping, and random trips. However, since the pandemic, people have withdrawn from public places and mostly at home. We are encouraged to always get tested using the PCR swab test or Antigen test after travel or if exposed to places with high coronavirus risk. Even after vaccination, one can get infected as the jab is to reduce the effect of the virus and not prevent it.

We must keep up with all coronavirus health guidelines and not get too comfortable because of the availability of the vaccine. 

There are booster shots after being administered the second vaccine. While people whose immune system is compromised, have extra shots taken to produce more antibodies to fight the coronavirus.

Although being home and undergoing self-isolation seems like the safest way to prevent getting the virus, it can trigger excessive snacking; eating junk foods and quick recipes can ruin our diet and cause weight gain. For those who are less motivated to work out or do not have any gym equipment or a gym at home, working out has become a challenge.

Staying proactive is vital in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle even as we socially distance ourselves. Eating healthy and finding easy aerobics to shed excess calories should be infused into our daily routine. Let us talk about some easy ways to stay healthy through the pandemic. Hopefully, you find this helpful and easy to adopt;

CHOOSING HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS

Choosing healthy food options requires a lot of self-discipline; the courage to resist some cravings. This era is the best time to consume whole foods, vegetables, herbs, foods rich in fibre, and the right amount of minerals. Replace soda and beer with healthy smoothie options as often as possible, and look out for fruits rich in vitamin C.

STAYING FIT AND ACTIVE 

It’s great news that gyms are now open but adhering to covid-19 prevention rules strictly. People have gotten so used to staying away from the gym that returning to that lifestyle has become difficult. Dancing to your favourite playlist nonstop for an hour or taking a brisk walk around your house, as easy and fun as it sounds, is effective in helping you shed some calories. You can also decide to join an online fitness class or check YouTube for a guide. You can do squats and lunges or ride a bicycle just around your house. 

EMBRACE SELF CARE 

Not so many people care for themselves around us. Yes, we tell ourselves that we love ourselves, but our actions depict otherwise. Embracing self-care is being; deliberate about your physical, emotional, financial, and mental well-being. You have to protect your mental space from the terrible news on the internet or social media and the death rates caused by Covid. 

Spend time doing the things you love and reading a book; you might get out of the pandemic more skilled and self-aware.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE VIRUS

This step is the most vital step to take on this journey to staying healthy through a pandemic. Even after vaccination, always mask up when you need to leave your home, get the PCR test swab if you notice any symptoms or know someone who does and sanitise your hands properly after contact. These guidelines cannot be overemphasised as they are the only guaranteed way of not getting coronavirus. 

Regardless, healthy practices should be a part of our lives, and getting vaccinated is the most important thing to do now.