Amid this pandemic, you may be having conversations with family members similar to my own. I was talking to my brother about going to the grocery store and buying some eggs for baking when I was pretty strictly told that “no, you shouldn’t because the virus can be transmitted through food.” As a scientist myself, this was intriguing advice. So, I asked him to show me where he had read it. Sadly, nowadays when we are bombarded with news at every corner we turn, we were unable to backtrack his source.
Moreover, a look at the World Health Organization website directly contradicts him. “There is currently no confirmed case of COVID–19 transmitted through food or food packaging,” WHO explains in response to one of its FAQs on how to safely shop for groceries. Though this topic had me intrigued, I am not a food safety specialist or a microbiologist. But this topic definitely had my attention and I decided to pursue it.
Here’s what I have found. (more…)