While information is available about how COVID-19 spreads socially within the community, many questions remain about food and its ability to spread the virus. In response, Jill Crittenden, a research scientist and molecular biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has put together a food safety guide in partnership with the Cambridge Public Health Department.
In an article for Inverse, Jill discusses food’s role in COVID-19 and details how you and your family can stay healthy and safe through food safety. “Because I realized that early mitigation of viral spread has the most impact on flattening the curve, and I realized that most people in our community are naive to how to employ sterile-technique to mitigate viral spread, I have been working around the clock to share everything I know,” Crittenden tells Inverse.
In detail, she explains the importance of hygiene and the power of heat as two major factors in the fight against COVID-19, additionally citing that there is no evidence that food is a likely source of transmission of the virus. This bodes well for restaurants that have remained open during closures and restrictions, as customers can be assured that food is safe as long as safety measures are in place.
To read more about how you can practice food safety and use heat as a powerful tool against food-borne illnesses, read Jill’s full article here.