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Can Coronavirus Spread Through Non-Veg Food?

There is no clear evidence supported by WHO to prove that the novel strain of the SARS-Cov-2 virus lives on chicken, eggs, meat, or seafood.

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So, far there is no clear evidence supported by WHO to prove that the novel strain of the SARS-Cov-2 virus lives on chicken, eggs, meat, or seafood and can make non-vegetarian food unsafe for consumption.

The SARS-CoV-2 viruses, in fact, need a host to grow and as far as food is concerned, currently, there is no evidence that food can be a route of transmission of the infection.

In a recent press conference, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Director Prof Randeep Guleria categorically stated that consumption of non-vegetarian foods or eggs does not cause infection. He further said that as a preventive measure meat should be thoroughly washed and cooked at the right temperature.

The Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) too had advised following certain precautionary measures:

  1. Before handling or eating food it is important to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, as a part of general food safety.
  2. Remember to handle and prepare food safely.
  3. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
  4. Store raw meat separately from other perishable foods in the refrigerator to avoid harmful microbes from raw foods spreading to cooked foods.
  5. Never consume raw or undercooked meat products.
  6. It is very important to wash the meat thoroughly and cook at high temperatures, as this helps to kill the harmful germs.
  7. Use different chopping boards for raw and cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  8. Meat cooked at home and the right temperature is safe to be consumed.
  9. In case, if you are ordering food from outside, make sure it is prepared under proper hygienic conditions.
  10. Make sure to buy the eggs, poultry, fish from a trusted local vendor. Enquire where they have acquired it from.

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