Restaurants and cafés are temporarily closed to visitors in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
But they are allowed to sell food as a takeaway, there be picked up by the customers.
And there is no reason to hold back, says Allan Randrup Thomsen, professor of virology at the University of Copenhagen, denmark.
the Risk of possible infection is transmitted via food, is very small, he points out.
- the Probability of it happening is not great. But to completely write off I do not believe that you can, " says the professor.
Food that is heat-treated at the supplier or shall be warmed up at home, according to the professor no risk at all.
But when it comes to, for example, salads and sandwiches and other food that is not heat treated, according to the professor of a risk.
If the employee, who make the food, are infected and are going to cough or sneeze into the food, there may be a risk that the droplets with the virus end up in the food.
When we eat food, the virus will be neutralized by the stomach acid.
But just before the food ends up in the stomach, according to the professor a small risk that the virus end up in our respiratory tract.
- Once you have the food in the mouth is the passage for both the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal canal.
- In this situation the infection in the form of drops deposited on the food come in contact with the airway, whereby you can become infected.
- the Probability of that happening is not great. But it CAN be done, says Allan Randrup Thomsen.
This should not deter people from downloading, take-away food, he says.
- I would certainly not advise people to get a takeaway in this situation. The crucial factor is that you trust the supplier you buy from.
Restaurants and cafes, that provides takeaway, should, according to the professor to be aware of good to keep the good food.
- One can possibly take the precaution that you are not talking into the place where the food is produced, so there cannot be drops with the possible infection of the food. In this situation one can possibly also select to use mundbind.
the Fda has announced that restaurants, that have not previously delivered takeaway may make it without notifying the authorities first.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs do not receive guests in the period up to 30. march.