The rapid spread of the coronavirus and the illness it causes called COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. reports Harvard Health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities.
Harvard Health has responded to a number of questions about COVID-19 raised by their readers.
In response to the question: “Can I catch the coronavirus by eating food prepared by others?” Harvard Health writes:
“We are still learning about transmission of COVID-19. It’s not clear if this is possible, but if so it would be more likely to be the exception than the rule. That said, COVID-19 and other coronaviruses have been detected in the stool of certain patients, so we currently cannot rule out the possibility of occasional transmission from infected food handlers. The virus would likely be killed by cooking the food.”
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