From the onset of COVID 19, people across the globe are imposed with many restrictions. No social gatherings, no celebrations, no parks and play areas, no schools, and the list go on. By hearing the dreaded stories about the coronavirus from different parts of the world the people are frantic. We are confused about the dos and don’ts during the lockdown condition. All are sacrificing many of the favorite habits and missing out on the most interesting things. But is it worth to rely on some myths about coronavirus?
The greatest myth
One of the strongest myths about this virus is that it spreads through food. Related to the personal hygiene measures against corona, one of our first exclusions were outside food. The whole process of outside food delivery involves a lot of strangers. From the preparation stages to the delivery time, many people handle the food and package. Many visualizations of spreading the corona infection through the contacts have made us so anxious. And most of us even fear to face any stranger on our doorsteps. But the studies show that the cooked food items are entirely safe to eat. The virus can’t withstand the high temperature and the destruction is sure through heating. But the cool drinks and salads may be on the riskier edge. And avoid using them outside.
Who will be in need?
During the lockdown condition, there will be many who got apart from their family. Students living away from home, working bachelors who live in hostels or rental rooms will be in great trouble. Most of them don’t have even the basic cooking experience and many cooking essentials will be unavailable. In some other cases, we can see the patients admitted to hospitals due to many other diseases. They can’t manage their food without depending on the canteens or restaurants.
The spreading methods
Many of the viral diseases are spreading through the air, water, and contacts. The corona spread is found to occur through the air. That too when the droplets containing the virus enter the body through the respiratory paths, there are chances of infection. Since the disease mainly affects the lungs and its coating, we must prevent the inclusion of them in the respiration system. Great care should be taken while touching the nose or mouth with unhygienic hands.
Precautionary measure while ordering outside food
Though it is obvious that the heated food items are safe for consumption, we must keep an eye on the related facts too. From the cooking stages in restaurants, until it reaches your dining table, we can doubt the infectivity. So it is better to take care of some aspects of food delivery.
- Don’t trust all
As we are in a high-risk time zone, it is better to avoid fresh trials. Always go for the trusted, hygienic restraint of your choice to satisfy your hunger. Check up with the history of the restaurants and take a peek into their website. The high-quality restaurants will have mentioned their safety and cleanliness measures against this pandemic.
- Prefer the non-contact delivery
Many restaurants with food delivery systems already have an ideal way set for the season. They will mention the safety guidelines on their website by leaving the delivery choices for the customer. You can make them deliver the food on your doorsteps by making early payments through digital transaction methods. Either hang a carry bag or specify a particular place with a photograph for dropping off the food.
- Leave the covering safely
Though the chances of virus transmission through food are minimal, we have to take care of the packaging. As per the researches, the virus will sustain on different surfaces actively for 2- 14 days. The packaging may be cardboard, plastic, or aluminum foils. Be sure to throw them into your dry waste and ensure the safe disposal of such outside things. After shifting the food to your containers you can ensure a double safety by heating it for one more time. Since the virus is very sensitive to heat, we can eliminate the distant possibility of infection through cooked food.
- Sanitize/wash your hands
After the whole process is done, go and wash your hands immediately with a hand wash. Also, try to avoid face contact between the handling of the restaurant packaging.
Food ordering norms at a glance
- Take care to clean the surfaces and make a clean environment to drop off the food
- Minimize person to person interactions by paying bills online
- Take a 6 feet distance from the delivery persons
- Take the appropriate disposal measures for food packaging
- Clean the surfaces where you unpacked the food
- Reheat the restaurant food for 2 minutes
- Wash your hands with soap after the whole process
.Great support to the restaurant workers
We always consider the food from restaurants as our necessity and need. But have you ever thought of the restaurant workers and staff? This will be their only earning methods. When the country was in full lockdown, they might have suffered a lot with their low income like many others. They are risking their life by attending their jobs during such an epidemic social condition.
Think of variant staffs working in the restaurant. They are taking care of the vegetable, and grocery collection needs onwards. They will be travelling in a totally risky environment and might be contacting many strangers. We can’t even think of travelling in our vehicles during such situations. So every order will be a helping hand towards their income.
“At the end of the day, the goals are simple:
Safety and Security.”
Food being the basic need of the human, we can never turn our faces towards the outside food for a prolonged time. The reports from authentic research organizations ensure the safety of cooked food items during this COVID season. So the primary concerns can be set apart. And practicing a disciplined social distancing norm throughout the delivery process and hygienic measures, we can overcome the other risks too. No more starving days! Enjoy your outside food at the security of your home.
About the Author
Loves coffee and animals. Is an extreme admirer of gardens and nature. When not bird watching, Rose prefers to blog and write about home improvements and wellness.