Singapore’s economy is reopening gradually but with the COVID-19 outbreak still ongoing, we probably won’t be able to return to our normal way of life anytime soon. As we grapple with a new reality, it’s no wonder that food has been a source of comfort during this trying period.
Ordering food delivery or doing takeaways are a great way to support your favourite hawkers or try out new eateries. However, you should be careful when handling food from outside. Although there’s no evidence that the virus can survive in cooked food, that may not be the case when it comes to the packaging. According to a study by The New England Journal of Medicine, its findings revealed that the COVID-19 virus can survive in the air and some surfaces for this long:
- In the air — 3 hours
- On copper — 4 hours
- On cardboard — 24 hours
- On stainless steel — 48 hours
- On plastic — 72 hours
“If you’re touching items someone else has recently handled, be aware they could be contaminated, and wash your hands,” explain James Lloyd-Smith, a co-author of the study and a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
We are finding out more about the virus everyday and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family by following these 6 hygiene tips when you order food from outside.
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