Does your microwave defend your meals from coronavirus? – WebMD
From Paul Feinstein
It’s time to talk about food and coronavirus. There are a million rumors out there about how to catch the virus and we are here to confirm or contradict them. If you want to know if you can get infected with the virus from your food, read along and find out more. Also for the love of God wash your hands.
Rumor # 1: Microwaves in your food can kill the virus
Yes and no. Maria Konnikova, award-winning science journalist, Ph.D. The psychologist and author of the upcoming book The Biggest Bluff says, “Heat kills the virus. But I would recommend the oven rather than the microwave, as the duration of the heat exposure is also important. According to the WHO “heat at 56 degrees Celsius kills the SARS coronavirus with around 10,000 units per 15 minutes (rapid reduction).” A 2003 study by SARS also found that it doesn’t become infectious within 30 minutes at 75 degrees Celsius (about 167 degrees Fahrenheit). The bottom line is that the freezer doesn’t destroy it, but the heat does. So, heat it up and heat it up hot. “
In addition to the Konnikova collapse, the virus isn’t transmitted in food but could be transmitted to food, according to experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and even consumer reports. For example, if someone with the virus sneezes or coughs on your sandwich, theoretically it’s still possible – but unlikely.
In this particular instance, will the microwave of your food kill the virus? The answer to that is … maybe. According to the CDC, microwaves have been shown to kill bacteria and viruses if the food is zapped for between 60 seconds and five minutes. But not all microwaves produce the same power and cook in the same way. Have you ever had a hot pocket that with the force of a thousand suns destroys the roof of your mouth and then comes to the center and it’s freezing? Yeah, that doesn’t kill anything.
It’s the packaging that you should be concerned about, not the food.
Here are some very casual guides: Wash fruits and vegetables as you normally would, but for takeaway and delivery you should stand on the side of cooked food and if you feel uncomfortable at all, microwave the crap out for more than five minutes (do So too if you want to destroy the taste and texture your food should ever have).
Rumor # 2: The virus only lasts a few hours on surfaces
The answer here is: it depends. They call this a novel coronavirus because it is new and all the studies on it are new. But here’s what we know about surfaces: According to WebMD, the virus can stay on metal for at least five days, at least four days on wood, at least two days on plastic, at least two days on plastic, at least two days on cardboard for 24 hours, glass for up to five days , Ceramic up to five days and paper up to five days.
What does this mean for your takeaway and delivery groceries that are wrapped in plastic, paper or cardboard? Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen, MD of Grand Rapids, Michigan, says, “I would care more about the packaging than the food. Do your best to reduce your risk. The fact is, however, that we have to eat. “VanWingen recommends using a disinfectant on the outside surfaces of take-out and delivery packages if you really want to be safe. And he also advises concentrating more on warm than cold dishes. Does that mean you can’t order a salad? No, you can order a salad. All you need to know is that there is a greater chance that something will contract out of the package than the food itself.
Rumor # 3: The virus can spread in food
That’s just wrong. Unlike Food Bourn Viruses, which grow and multiply on or in food itself (think hepatitis A, norovirus, rotavirus, etc.), coronaviruses are respiratory diseases that are spread through airborne droplets when, according to the CDC an infected person coughs or sneezes and you breathe in these droplets.
Rumor # 4: Drinking Alcohol Can Protect You
It’s actually the opposite. The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Frequent or excessive consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of health problems.”
There you have it. If you want to be 100% germicidal in everything you eat, blow it up in the microwave, fry it in a pan, or roast it in the oven. But in reality, it’s the packaging that you should be concerned about, not the food. Remember that your local restaurant staff will do everything possible to minimize the risk. You wash your hands more than ever. They wear gloves and masks. And they disinfect every surface in their facilities. So feel safe with your order, keep washing your own hands and disinfecting the surfaces to be on the safe side. Ultimately, however, support restaurants because they really need your help, and you won’t get sick because their livelihood depends on it.
Published on 04/14/2020
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