August 17, 2020 | BY ELLEN GUTOSKEY | Contracting COVID-19 From Food or Food Packaging Is Unlikely, According to WHO
“If the coronavirus pandemic has made you uneasy about filling your fridge and pantry with possibly contaminated groceries, you’re not alone. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), your chances of catching COVID-19 from food or its packaging are negligible.
As CNN reports, officials in China confirmed last week that some frozen chicken wings shipped from Brazil had tested positive for COVID-19, causing people to eye their own poultry products warily. Now, people who may have handled the contaminated packs of wings have been tested, too, and none of those tests has been positive so far. Furthermore, it’s possible that the original tests were picking up dead coronavirus particles and registering false positives.
When asked about the issue at a WHO press conference on Thursday, August 13, experts essentially told everybody not to worry. According to Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead epidemiologist for COVID-19, China has tested several hundred thousand food products and found the novel coronavirus on fewer than 10. And even if you were to pick up a contaminated product, the pathogens would only get the chance to enter your body if you then touched your face. In other words, you can further mitigate the risk by washing your hands consistently and keeping them away from your face.
Van Kerkhove also mentioned that there are no known cases where someone contracted COVID-19 as a foodborne illness; i.e. by eating food that was contaminated with the germs. And just like other viruses, the novel coronavirus can be killed by cooking your food.
“People should not fear food or food packaging, or the processing or delivery of food. Food is very important, and I would hate to think that we would create an impression that there’s a problem with our food or there’s a problem with our food chains,” added Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus, and people should feel comfortable and feel safe.”
“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the coronavirus “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects.”
“1. Scarves, bandannas, tissues, and anything not marked N95 or better (N100, P99, P100, etc.) are not helpful. “Surgical masks that trap small particles are designed to filter air coming out of the wearer’s mouth and do not provide a good seal to prevent inhalation of small particles or gases in smoke. ” (CA Dept. of Public Health).”
“2. People with breathing problems (ironically) are discouraged from wearing a mask without getting a doctor’s recommendation. In one statement, CA Dept. of Public Health writes, “Wearing a mask may actually be harmful to some people with heart or lung disease because it can make the lungs work harder to breathe.” A doctor will look at the patient’s condition, ability to draw in air, and guide them on how to make it fit right if recommended.
3. Small children should not wear masks. California’s Dept. of Public Health points out, “Children should not wear these masks – they do not fit properly and can impede breathing. If the air quality is poor enough that a child requires a mask, the child should remain indoors, in a safe place, and evacuation should be considered.”
4. People indoors should not wear masks. (The air isn’t as bad indoors, and the masks can restrict breathing and increase breathing carbon dioxide making you feel worse, not better).
5. People with beards shouldn’t wear masks (the air is going to come from around the edges, and not be filtered anyway, and the mask will then just make breathing hard with no real filtering). Of course, you could wear a half- or full-face mask like what’s used for asbestos removal, but this seems pretty drastic.” source link
“Much of the hype surrounding this ordeal has been refuted, and those responsible for making magnificent and unsubstantiated death claims early on have not only backed off, but have ratcheted down their initial warnings exponentially. This was done quietly and without fanfare of course, unlike their mass fear mongering, but nonetheless their claims were patently false.”
“When the postmortem is done on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus was no Black Plague — it’s not even the flu on a bad year.”
“It was clear something was awry when both the goats and the pawpaw tested positive for the coronavirus.” Link
“Coronavirus test kits have aroused suspicions in Salaam, Tanzania after results taken from goats and fruit came back positive in what the country’s leader has dubbed a “technical error.”
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