Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety and to avoid catching COVID-19 from food. Throughout the day, wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

Because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that is shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Although the risk of catching COVID-19 from food is likely low, there are some steps you can take to further reduce your risk.

  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables with water to remove dirt, debris, and pesticides, and reduce levels of foodborne germs. 
  • Wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling and packaging.
  • You should always handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meat to the right temperature to kill harmful germs.
  • Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods—unless you keep them separate.
  • Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. 
  • Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. 

Thus, it is quite important to follow these advisories and be safe from this deadly virus. You should always handle and prepare food safely. 


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