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Can you get the coronavirus through food?

'Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food,' the CDC said on it's website.
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ATLANTA — The novel coronavirus continues to remain a top subject as more confirmed cases continue to pop up across the country. With that comes more questions about prevention and how COVID-19 speads.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of frequently asked questions on its website - one of them is about food.

Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food?

The CDC gives a through explanation saying that is highly unlikely.

"Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food," the CDC said on it's website.

Coronaviruses are generally spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. For example, the CDC said it can spread  an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

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"These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs," the website said.

However, it is still advised that everyone should thoroughly wash their hands for 20 seconds before preparing food and throughout the day.  

"It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads," the website said.

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The CDC mentions there is a poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces.

"There is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures."


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