Covid19 is actually a respiratory illness and there’s no hard evidence that it could spread through any food packaging or the food itself. Good restaurant kitchens and known chains are likely to be leaning towards hygienic and professional food preparation. This means, that they are focusing on minimizing the risks of any cooked takeaway of being contaminated by the virus.
Now that social distancing is implemented as well as extra measures too, high street chains are offering customers with online deliveries and takeaways. But of course, we can’t deny the fact that there are still people who are reluctant with online ordering. So let us try to give clarity on these issues.
Does Eating with Your Hands put You at Risk?
You can actually minimize packaging contamination if you order takeaway delivery.
As per Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before eating with your hands, make sure it has been washed thoroughly and that the contents of the food packaging are emptied. Use a spoon in taking out food from the container and it with fork and knife instead with your fingers.
It may also be a good idea in current situation to order freshly prepared and cooked food instead of raw or cold items. On the other hand, for people who are most vulnerable and cautious at the same time, it can be reassuring to prepare and cook food with greater care.
Can I have Takeaway Drinks?
There are licensed premises that have been forced to close due to the restrictions of Covid19 but kept on selling drinks to their customers who order for takeaways. Bars and pubs must enact social distancing measures and implement extra hygiene security if they’re open. This can be done by ensuring that all staffs are wearing gloves when they are handling disposable cups. In UK, it is completely legal to drink, except in places where there are Public Space Protection Orders.
Basically, ordering takeaways are all safe. Just don’t forget as well to do your part. At the end of the day, many food stores buy Instagram views to market their products and also, share how they are preparing their items.