In search of one other method to maintain COVID-19 at bay this winter? Be sure to rigorously wash produce and to completely clear your fingers after touching meals and meals packaging.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can stay on sure meals for as much as one week, in accordance with a latest research by the U.Okay. authorities’s Meals Requirements Company.
As a part of the analysis, the coronavirus was deliberately added to each meals and meals packaging. The quantity of virus positioned on this stuff was designed to duplicate a sneeze or cough from an contaminated particular person.
Researchers then examined how lengthy the virus remained intact on the meals.
Among the meals in query — and the variety of days the virus can survive on them — are:
Broccoli saved at ambient temperature (round 73 levels Fahrenheit): As much as 5 days
Cheddar cheese saved chilled (round 43 levels): As much as seven days
Sliced ham saved chilled: As much as seven days
Plastic bottle saved chilled: As much as a number of days
Peppers saved chilled: As much as seven days
Earlier than you panic, be aware that your danger of getting the coronavirus this fashion just isn’t nice. In response to a abstract of the FSA findings:
“For many meals merchandise examined there was a ‘vital drop’ within the ranges of virus contamination over the primary 24 hours. These findings verify that the general danger to shoppers from coronavirus through meals stays very low.”
Nonetheless, the U.Okay. company is urging folks to recollect to clean produce earlier than consuming it and to clean their fingers completely after making ready meals and earlier than consuming it.
COVID-19 isn’t the one well being menace you face right this moment: The flu season is off to a tough begin. For extra on staying wholesome, take a look at “Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?“