COVID-19 has already claimed more than 60,000 lives with 939,545 million active cases across the globe. This virus has spread to over 200 countries, and in the coming months, things may get even worse.
As deadly coronavirus is, what is deadlier is the many misconceptions associated with it. The most prevalent being, eating non-vegetarian food can spread this virus. This myth is doing rounds over various social media channels and confusing people what to eat and what not.
Don’t worry as here in this post, we’ll clear all your doubts. So, the next time you can enjoy your favorite Hawaiian pokebowl Spaghetti Bolognese or Tequila Lime Chicken with no fear and uncertainty.
What World Health Organization (WHO) Has To Say On this Ongoing Debate:-
The World Health Organization till date has found no evidence that animal or companion pets have been infected or have spread the novel virus.
The COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads human to human. This is either the direct contact with the infected person or through the respiratory droplets when the person sneezes, coughs or via the discharge from the nose or saliva.
Is Seafood Safe to Eat?
Several theories suggest COVID-19 has spread from the wet markets from Wuhan, China. Because of this very reason, US citizens are fearing if they should eat seafood. To put a rest to this misconception, medical experts said it’s safe to eat seafood. No link between sea animals and novel coronavirus has been established.
“The science around coronavirus continues to unfold, but there is no evidence that the disease is transmitted by food,” says Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
The Food & Drug Administration, CDC, and the Department of Agriculture all have said food isn’t the route of transmission of the coronavirus.
Besides, the information available about the outbreaks of MERS, SARS, and other corona viruses similar to COVID-19 are pretty much reassuring. There is no scientific proof that food transmitted those diseases.
It is important to maintain good food safety habits. James E. Rogers, Ph.D., Consumer Reports’ director of food safety research and testing said “The same things you do to prevent infection with bacteria that cause food-borne illness, such as E. coli or salmonella, would protect you against any virus,”
- Wash Your Hands Before & After Preparing the Meal – and During if You Handle Eggs, Seafood or Raw Meat- as Well as Before You Eat
- Properly Wash the Fruits and Vegetables With Boiling Water
- It is Advised to Avoid Raw Batter or Dough
- Keep the Raw Meat Away From Other Foods to Deter Cross-Contamination, and Have Separate Cutting Boards for Vegetables and Meat
- Refrigerate Perishable Foods and Leftovers Promptly
These days, such small steps are imperative, “Now is not the time you want to get a food-borne illness and need to seek medical help from doctors who are overtaxed managing COVID-19 patients,” Rogers says.
Do Meats Carry the Virus?
Since the initial cases were linked to a live animal market in Wuhan, China, it has forced people to think that meat and other animal products carry the coronavirus.
According to a paper in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health-
“The main symptoms in patients have been fever and respiratory-related symptoms, therefore the mode of transmission needs to be respiratory, quite unlikely oral via food.”
From the above, we can easily deduce that eating non-vegetarian food is perfectly safe.
So, don’t think or rethink, order authentic poke dishes from a top restaurant in Dearborn and make your lockdown time with your family special- something you’ll quietly cherish for years to come.