Is Take Out Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic?


With so many local restaurants struggling to stay open, you might wonder if it's safe to order takeout from your favorite spots. According to the National Institutes of Health, We know that coronavirus is stable for several hours in aerosols, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. 

According to the CDC, you should not be afraid of the food itself, however, the packaging presents some pause for concern, like the cardboard pizza box. The Doctors suggest creating a spot on your countertop or table that you will place potentially contaminated containers. Try and safely debag items and transfer food to plates while touching as little as possible. Clear the containers and bags, and wipe down the surface used with a disinfectant. Be careful not to touch anything before you wash your hands, especially your face. If you touched anything after handling the carryout bag, like the doorknob used to close the front door, or the lid to your garbage, wipe down those surfaces with a disinfectant as well. 

If you are concerned that the food was touched by your potentially dirty hands, you can always heat the food, which will help to kill the virus. You can either microwave, place in the oven, or heat up on the stovetop. 

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected

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