A lot of people have switched to online grocery shopping, in light of the Coronavirus. The idea is that you will come into contact with less people; instead of other shoppers, the only threat is the employees collecting and delivering your food. But the risk still remains, and food is a necessity. So the question is, how do you protect yourself from Coronavirus on your groceries?
The most common answer seems to be the same as with all other deliveries: isolate the packages for a few days, then clean off all disposable surfaces. At least, that’s what my household has been doing. After ever grocery delivery, my mom moves the food into the laundry room, where she sprays down the packaging before putting it away. However, there are conflicting sources regarding if that should be done.
For example, a tweet from the FDA said that there is no evidence of transmission through food packaging, and cleaning everything is not necessary. Jamie Lloyd-Smith, a scientist studying the virus, even said they don’t wash the packaging: they wash their hands after unpacking, but that’s it. Lloyd-Smith claims the concern over packaging came after reports of Coronavirus remaining on surfaces for days, but that study didn’t take factors like humidity, and the real number is closer to 8 hours.
Despite this, my mom still wipes off all the food we get. She argues it’s better safe than sorry, and I don’t disagree. If it’s not hurting anyone, and it puts your mind at ease, it’s fine to keep washing your groceries. It’s just not needed.
Link if tweet doesn’t show: https://twitter.com/FDAfood/status/1250829735904645120?s=20