W.H.O has issued precautionary recommendations for food handling. How to disinfect raw food.
Canada’s first-lady contracted the virus.
Disneyland shuts down starting today thru end of March.
I’d say the number of cases in the US could be 100x what’s known.
Can the virus be passed on through food?
Experience with SARS suggest that people are not infected with the virus through food. So, it is unlikely the virus is passed on through food (why?) and there is no evidence yet of this happening with this corona virus to date. (but… little is known)
Corona viruses need a host (animal or human) to grow in and cannot grow in food. Thorough cooking is expected to destroy the virus because we know that a heat treatment of at least 30min at 60ºC is effective with SARS.
Current information suggests that the virus may survive a few hours on surfaces.
The virus is commonly passed on:
* Directly, through contact with an infected person’s body fluids (for example, droplets from coughing or sneezing)
* Indirectly, through contact with surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.
Food Safety Authority of Ireland:
It is possible that infected food workers could introduce virus to the food they are working on, or onto surfaces within the food business, by coughing and sneezing, or through hand contact, unless they strictly follow good personal hygiene practices.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask. Face masks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
(Also steering wheel, remotes)
Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.