DOH: no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading via food

Monday, March 30, 2020

Shop no more than once a week - and there
is no need to stock up
From the Washington State Department of Health

COVID-19 is a new virus. It has been around for three months now, and we’re still learning a lot about it.

One thing we know for sure is that it spreads easily from person to person through tiny droplets in the air after someone coughs or sneezes.

Most of this spread happens when someone has symptoms, like a cough. These disgusting droplets can travel for up to six feet.

  • It’s important that we don’t come within six feet of one another, so we don’t inhale any of those droplets if someone coughs.
  • It is possible for the virus to spread when someone doesn’t have symptoms, but this is not the main way it spreads. 
  • It is also possible for the virus to spread through droplets on hard surfaces, though this is also not the main way it spreads. 

That’s why it’s important that we wash our hands and try not to touch our faces, in case we touched a surface that had transmissible virus on it. 

  • If you wear gloves, touch a hard surface, and then touch your face with your gloved hands, the gloves have not protected you at all. If you don’t touch your face, you didn’t need the gloves. Just wash your hands.

We have no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading through food at all. Not through take-out orders, groceries, or produce. (And here's our list of places to get take-out)

When you return home from the grocery store, please thoroughly wash your hands, but there is no reason to try to disinfect your groceries.

And please, don’t put disinfecting chemicals like household cleaners on the food you’re going to eat.

Speaking of groceries — agriculture and food production are also considered essential activities. This is to make sure food continues fill our grocery stores and food banks.

Deliveries to grocery stores are continuing steadily, and farmers, ranchers, and food processors are producing plenty to meet our needs.

There is no need to worry about shortages, and no need to stock up, other than to make sure you don’t have to leave the house more than once each week.


Ratsie March 30, 2020 at 12:30 PM  

You might want to list the Everest Kitchen for good take-outNepali and Indian food, in Lake Forest Park (it's in the mall, next to Neighborhood Grill).

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