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If eating at work, do not run risks
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lifestyle, in all its aspects. And although the measures we must take to prevent the disease are more generally related to social distancing, and the already known hygiene measures, they also affect our eating habits.
Eating in the workplace is one of the habits that has been most affected. Doubts about whether the disease can be transmitted through food consumption have led many companies to place restrictions on allowing employees to eat on their premises, to avoid the risk of contagion.
The World Health Organization has issued a statement indicating that it is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food, because they need a live animal or human host to do so.
The problem is not in the food itself, but a recent study found that COVID-19 can maintain its ability to spread over certain surfaces: up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, or 4 hours on copper.
If you are going to eat at work, keep in mind at all times that food packaging, like other surfaces, can house the virus and therefore be a source of transmission. Some hygienic measures, similar to those applied in the hotel and catering industry, can help you prevent COVID 19:
- Keep surfaces where food is consumed clean. If possible use disposable table cloths.
- Do not share containers such as oil, vinegar, salt, etc. They must be for individual use or single-dose.
- Be extra careful at home if you take prepared food to work, maintain both adequate personal hygiene as well as work surfaces and food handling.
- Respect personal hygiene measures: frequent hand washing, use of masks as long as possible, and sufficient distance while eating.
- In addition, you must, as always, respect the necessary food hygiene measures to avoid food poisoning due to poor preparation, transport, storage or handling.
If we all collaborate, we can maintain good hygiene measures at work and minimize health risks. Find out more. Look after yourself.