The risk of catching Covid19 virus via food pickup or delivery is low. So don’t fight that cravings of ordering a pizza or any comfort food you want from your favorite restaurant. You can be sure of this as it’s also a statement released by the leading health organization as well as Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D., who is an assistant professor in University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Infectious Diseases.
No Concrete Evidence
The US Food and Drug Administration as well as the US Department of Agriculture concurred that there’s no organization that has reported that Covid-19 is transmittable through food packaging or the food itself. Instead, the biggest risks that people have about transmission are the exposure to other people who are asymptomatic.
Additionally, there’s no concrete evidence as of this moment that Covid-19 is food service-driven or foodborne-driven.
Experts say that it is a respiratory illness that is transmittable from one person to the other. Furthermore, food packaging carries small risks; Dr. Odom is actually encouraging people to do shop as usual when buying foods using delivery services. Of course, just don’t forget to thoroughly wash hands.
Is Going out Safe?
In an effort to reduce the risks of households who often use curbside pickup services, professor Odom also recommended to have one person who will be picking up the order every single time. This is to minimize the exposure that every person in the household has when going out. Preferably, this person isn’t asymptomatic whether no chronic medical concerns or under the age of 60. It also makes it simpler for them to get a procedure every single time they go – carefully washing their hands as they enter and leave home.
On the other hand, for those who are living in walkable community, professor Dionne-Odom said that walking to pick up to takeway may be a nice and healthy activity that can be squeezed in to their schedule. This can help the body and mind to get through the “isolation” period.
In essence, it is safe to go out and order your foods or even use food delivery service. There are even restaurant chains that buy Instagram views to slowly recapture their market pre-Covid19.