VIDEO: Should you wash your food with soap to prevent COVID-19?

Up till now, there is no evidence that the virus can spread through food.


As the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, people are asking whether it is right to wash your vegetables and fruits with soap.

Many people are washing their food with soap to battle COVID-19. However, it is not advised by health professionals. Even though soap kills the virus, it is only suitable for cleaning your hands and other surfaces.

Accidentally consuming soap can prove to be dangerous. And when done so, the symptoms can mimic some COVID-19 symptoms. These include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and other gastrointestinal discomforts.

Up till now, there is no evidence that the virus can spread through food. So, to clean your produce, simply rinse it with water while rubbing lightly.

The virus can only pass on by coming directly in contact with an infected person’s fluids or touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.

The virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours, depending on the nature of the material. Consumers should practice good hygiene at all times. Thorough cooking kills any type of bacteria of the virus on the food.

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