According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), no current evidence indicates the transmission of COVID-19 by food or food packaging.
The biggest risk of COVID-19 transmission at this time is from symptomatic individuals. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. The Mayo Clinic suggests that other symptoms may include tiredness, aches, runny nose, and sore throat.
Another risk of COVID-19 is from presymptomatic individuals who are infected but not showing signs of illness. Food businesses follow employee health guidelines issued by the health department.
Are there risks in eating takeout and drive-through foods?
There is no current indication that takeout or drive-through meals will increase the likelihood of illness. High-risk populations, including the elderly, can use this option to maintain social distancing and reduce their risk.
Are there risks in eating foods delivered to my home?
Food delivery helps maintain social distancing and reduces the number of touch points between the preparation and serving of food. To further reduce risk, food businesses have incorporated no-touch forms of payment.
Are there risks from touching food or packaging exposed to the coronavirus?
Current research suggests that the risk of transfer of viruses by touching food or packaging is low. To further reduce risk, wash hands properly for 20 seconds and then use a hand sanitizer, if desired, after handling food packaging.