Can you spread coronavirus through mail, food delivery?

CDC, FDA say risk is likely very low

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – As people hunker down in their homes to stay safe from the coronavirus, they’re relying more and more on food delivery and take-out.

But the question remains: How clean and safe are the deliveries arriving at my door?

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there’s no evidence of food or food packaging associated with the spread of COVID-19.

It’s only known to be spread from person-to-person contact and possibly spread by touching a contaminated surface, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

It’s important to note there hasn’t been a documented case of a person getting infected from a surface contaminated with the new coronavirus, according to the CDC.

Transmission usually happens when people come in direct contact with respiratory droplets produced when a nearby infected person coughs or sneezes.

That’s why food delivery services like Grub Hub and Door Dash are offering “no contact” options by leaving meals on porches or doorsteps.

Local restaurants like Cabo Fish Taco in Roanoke and Blacksburg are taking precautions, too. Regional Manager Richard Barrar said employees are following health protocols, washing their hands and sanitizing regularly.


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