Why Order Food During The Pandemic?
by Natalie Navatta-Golia
I get it. You don't know who is preparing your food or how they're handling it or if all the precautions are being taken to keep the food safe. During this time, there are more questions than answers. And if there's one thing I've noticed, it's that everyone's feelings about ordering food from a restaurant, bakery or other food business is in a huge range. In other words, some people are ok with it and others are vehemently against it. We're stuck between a rock on a hard place right now. Do we try to keep small businesses working by buying their products/services or do we not take any chances to bring the virus in our homes? I think the answer is do what you think is best for you and your family. That's it. For me, I've been buying take out and ordering prepared food for pick up and that works for us. Some have ideas how to clean your take out and grocery shopping like this doctor in Michigan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKx-F4AKteE. He has some great ideas. Other's are keeping their food deliveries outside for a period of time. This seems impractical to me but that's just my opinion.
There is currently no evidence that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through food or food packaging, according to the CDC and the FDA, though germs are known to live on surfaces for up to nine days. That means you also don't have to worry too much about a sick chef transmitting it to you via your food, according to an epidemiologist. This is particularly true for cooked foods. If you ordered something cold, like a salad, and the chef sneezed on it, there might be some risk. But if food is handled properly, there should be little chance of an issue. (Cnet article)
In the end, you have the choice and what you choose is the right answer. One thing is for sure, we will get through this...together. Stay strong everyone!