Is it Safe to Eat Outside During Pandemic of COVID-19?

Is it Safe to Eat Outside During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Are COVID Cases Declining?

With the spread of COVID, life has come to a halt. We still wonder if we can eat outside during pandemic. The number of corona cases is declining but at a very steady rate. Presently as per the covid 19 trackers of world meter, the number of active cases is 10,496,816. The number of death is 510,612 and the number of recoveries is 5,723,866. The number of cases is increasing every month. At the same time with increased treatment procedures the recoveries are also on a rise. The situation is much under control in most of the countries.

Governments are instructing the citizens to be extra careful and maintain social distancing as much as possible. As WHO declared it as a pandemic people all over the world has been agitating. However, we should keep in mind all the instructions and try to abide by them instead of entertaining any kind of hoax to spread or create panic. The number of COVID cases in India is also under control. 

Is it Safe to Have Food Outside?

Just like many other hoaxes a common misconception is that COVID can spread through food. According to the scientists at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), it has been stated that the coronavirus has its origin from an animal. But, even so, it does not get spread through food or meat. It is now spreading through the human contract as water droplets while coughing or sneezing.

If your food is not exposed to anyone who is affected by the virus then there is really nothing to worry about. Transmission may result in sharing cutlery or other utensils with an infected person. The most common way to get infected is by droplets that can enter your body through eyes, mouth, and nose. This is the reason that one must be very hygienic and wash hands regularly and keep hands off the face as much as possible. Do not worry as you can eat outside during pandemic.

Is it Safe to Eat at Restaurants During the Pandemic?

It is true that restaurants do pose a kind of threat to diners even after following extensive guidelines as per the guidelines. It is not very safe to go to a restaurant and eat outside during pandemic because of the following reasons:

  • There are many places in a restaurant where an infected person might touch. Even though the staff tries to sanitize the place nicely but still there might be some shared places which would be difficult to point out. The washroom, the doorknobs, the sink – these places pose a potential threat to others. It includes furniture in restaurants as well. 
  • On your table, it is not just the cutlery but other accessories such as salt and pepper jar, the ketchup bottle, and others. So with the same hand that you touch one of these you will be having your food. Many restaurants are switching to plastic or wooden cutlery for one time use. 
  • While you go out to dine, you will have to remove your mask to eat. This results in a higher risk of contamination in closed spaces. Apart from that air conditioning may even worsen the risks of contamination. 
  • It is possible to help maintain a distance between each table present in the restaurant. However, you cannot maintain a distance with the waiter who is going to serve you. He would be serving the drinks, meals, and offering the bill. Getting in close proximity makes you vulnerable to being exposed to the contamination. 

 What is the Solution to Eat Outside?

The best solution is to avoid going out to dine in the first place. If you really feel like eating out simply order your food or pick up your order from a takeaway counter. That would be the best option for anyone. Absolutely no chance of being exposed to the spread of the disease. You can bring your food at home. Get yourself cleaned. Follow proper sanitization protocol and then enjoy your food. Researches show that it is not possible to be contaminated by food. So, you can be assured that the food cannot cause you any contamination. Do not worry about nonveg food as coronavirus does not have anything to do with meat in particular. So, you can enjoy every cuisine. 

Here, were some of the tips and points to remember while you plan to eat outside during pandemic. We hope it would be of help to you.

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About the Author: Atrayee Banerjee

Atrayee is a mentor, content writer, and trainer. She loves traveling, exploring new places, and trying varying cuisines. You can follow me here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atrayee.banerjee.7/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atrayee_appy/

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