The coronavirus could theoretically make its way into your fridge, if one believes of the analyses made in China, imported food products, but the risk of getting sick of the COVID-19 by eating is very low, according to several health authorities.
The trace of the coronavirus has been detected on Wednesday, in China, to the surface of a sample of wings, frozen chicken imported from Brazil – a country heavily affected by the pandemic, has reported on the news channel CNN, citing a press release from the city of Shenzhen, a metropolis located in the south of the country.
Local officials have found and tested several persons who have come into contact with said product, and all the results came back negative.
The name of the brand of chicken wings has not been unveiled.
In the Middle kingdom, this is the last of a list of increasingly long food products indicated the presence of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.
Most of the time, it is the packaging which was contaminated, and not the food itself.
“No evidence “
Since the beginning of the summer, China has increased random checks of screening on imported food, particularly meat and frozen seafood.
Since July, the presence of the coronavirus has been discovered and seven times on the packaging of imported seafood, writes CNN.
However, this is not a reason to be alarmed, if it is based on current scientific knowledge.
“It is very unlikely that the COVID-19 may be transmitted through food or food packaging,” it said last April, the world Health Organization (WHO).
Same sound of bell on the side of the us CDC, the highest health authority in the country, according to which there is to date no evidence ” suggesting the transmission through the handling or consumption of food.
The COVID-19 is spread primarily by droplets released into the air when an infected individual talks, coughs or sneezes.
It is also possible to get sick by touching a surface or object contaminated – including the food and their packaging, and then his hands on his face.
By contrast, ” coronaviruses can’t multiply in food ; they need a host animal or human “, says the WHO.
That said, businesses in the food sector must observe the highest standards of hygiene and each of us must take basic precautions such as washing hands frequently – especially before preparing food and before eating – and frequently clean the surfaces, insist the experts.