Atlanta, USA (Frylooz) – Health experts have confirmed that there is no evidence that the emerging corona virus (Covid 19), can be transmitted through food.
The Chinese authorities said, according to press reports, this week that a surface sample from a group of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil had proven positive for infection with the Coronavirus, but there is no need to panic.
Although the virus was discovered on the food product in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, according to a statement from the local authorities, the officials did not mention the name of the brand, but he confirmed that the test results of people who may have been in contact with chicken wings came out negative so far, and the search for products from the same Brand that has already been sold.
Meanwhile, one of the experts said that the tests conducted on chickens may have revealed a genetic material from the dead Corona virus, which could cause false positive results.
According to the final outcome of these reports, doctors and health experts have confirmed time and time again that “Corona virus is unlikely to be transmitted through food.”
Ian Williams, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disease Response and Prevention Branch, who investigates food and waterborne diseases, said there is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through food.
“This is really about the respiratory system, from person to person,” added Williams, “at this point, there is no evidence that really directs us toward food (or) food service as ways to lead the epidemic.”
The emerging kurna virus spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks when they are within 6 feet of another person, according to the CDC, and the best ways to prevent the spread of the disease are social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands well and covering Cough or sneeze.
Williams’s point was recently confirmed by the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture, who said in a joint statement last June that there was “no evidence” of people contracting the virus from food or food packaging.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, it is possible to catch the Coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface, including food packages, and then touching your face, but you can reduce the risk by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after Handling of food packages.
Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said, Thursday, that “people should not be afraid of food, food packaging, processing or delivery of food,” adding, “I hate to think that we will create the impression that there is a problem with our food or that There is a problem in our food chains, ”there is no evidence that the food or the food chain is involved in transmitting this virus, and people must feel comfortable and safe.
The World Health Organization previously said, “It is very unlikely that people will contract the Coronavirus from food or food packaging,” stressing that the virus causes a respiratory disease that spreads mainly from person to person.
In addition, it is unlikely that the Corona virus will be transmitted through goods manufactured elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization, and it is unlikely that the virus will persist on surfaces after it has been transported, traveled and exposed to various forms. The organization attributed this to “conditions and temperatures.”
The last line of defense
Even if the Corona virus gets into your food, stomach acid will kill it, according to Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University.
Rasmussen said, “When you eat any type of food, whether hot or cold, this food will move directly to your stomach, where there is a high-acid environment and a low pH that will inactivate the virus.”
And in the case of chicken wings in Shenzhen, China, David Hui Shuqiong, a respiratory medicine expert at the University of Hong Kong, said it was likely contaminated during packaging. But this does not necessarily mean that it is contagious, indicating that the tests can pick up the RNA, the genetic material, of the dead Coronavirus, which is known to cause false positive results in patients who have recovered from the Corona virus.