Is Covid-19 Can Be Transmitted Through Food, Water, and Pets?
According to the study, coronavirus disease spreads through cough, sneeze, and talking with a person
who is virus infected. This is the main reason our government is encouraging us to practice social
distancing and wear a proper mask. They also restricted everyone to avoid crowded places and mass
gatherings as long as we can.
However, they also said that viruses can also transmit through the surfaces touched by an infected
person. What about the food we buy in the market? Or the goods we have bought in grocery stores?
Is it safe for us to intake it? And what we could do to make sure it is clean and sanitized before
giving it to our family.
Grocery and Market Products
If a person infected by the virus handed fruits and vegetables, there is a big chance that
coronavirus might linger in it.
So before eating those fruits, vegetables, and other food we bought, make sure to wash it
thoroughly. Using running water and clean brush then scrub the skin and rinse it. You may
soak the fruits and veggies in water with salt or vinegar, wait for at least 5 minutes.
Washing your hands with soap as soon as you get home from the market or grocery store to
ensure your hands are clean. Those eco-bags we use in carrying our stuff should also be
washed or sanitized by alcohol. Most importantly, wear a mask while having your grocery since it is more difficult to
maintain social distancing in crowded places. Some shoppers also use disposable gloves to
protect them, however, proper washing of hands is the best way to stay sanitized.
Pets Dogs and Cats
Most experts say that animals are not considered to be a significant way to spread
coronavirus disease. However, it is still under observation and research by professionals.
There are certain reports of some pets such as dogs and cats have been infected by
coronavirus disease after being exposed to a person carrying the virus.
The best thing to do is to keep your pets away outside and from other people to avoid exposure
from the virus.
Insects Such as Mosquitoes and Flies
There is no evidence that insects can spread coronavirus disease to people.
But, we should also be careful since mosquitoes can bring dengue and malaria. And flies
may cause diarrhea, fever, and cholera.
Based on the study, viruses such as Covid-19 can be transmitted through surfaces such as
tables, doorknobs, faucet handles, light switches, and everything that we always touched
with our hands. They say that viruses can stay up to 3 days depending on the surface.
That’s why we need to sanitized and disinfect the commonly touched surfaces regularly
especially if kids or vulnerable people are living in our house.
As of now, there is no proof that coronavirus disease is living in the water.
No need to worry, since water station and bottled water has undergone a proper filter and
disinfection before releasing it.
Food Packaging from Fastfood, Restaurants, and Coffee Shop
Until now, there are no cases of a person who got infected with Covid-19 after touching
containers and packaging. But for safety protocols, make sure to transfer the food on a clean
plate as soon as you got home. Dispose of the packaging and wash your hands properly.
Even though fast food, restaurants, and coffee shops are now open for dine-in services, it
would be better if you consume the food inside your house or office. Using your
utensils is a good practice to prevent the spread of viruses.