At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Daniel Kuritzkes, an infections disease expert, told NPR that food itself is most likely not a major risk factor.
That’s because most infections from the new coronavirus appear to start with the respiratory system, not the digestive tract.
When ordering take out, Drew Harris, a population health researcher at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University, urges people to take reasonable precautions. Studies find that the virus can live on surfaces, including packaging, anywhere from hours (cardboard 24 hours) to days.
Once the food is in your home
- remove food from containers
- throw away containers
- wash your hands before eating
P.S. In the Age of Coronavirus: a Homemade Throat Sanitizer.
P.P.S. If you can’t find hand-sanitizer, you can make your own.