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Health & Fit Covid-19. The WHO does not believe that the virus can be transmitted through food

13:25  14 august  2020
13:25  14 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The virus that causes COVID - 19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person COVID - 19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to

So far, there's no evidence that the virus is transmitted via food . The virus will not live long in food proper, and while "What is true is that persons who have a member of their household infected with the virus have a higher probability of getting infected with COVID than people who do not have a

Le logo de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé sur le siège de l’agence à Genève le 25 juin 2020. © DENIS BALIBOUSE / Reuters / Illustration The logo of the World Health Organization on the headquarters of the agency in Geneva on June 25, 2020.

While China has claimed to have found traces of the coronavirus on samples of chicken imported from Brazil, the world agency was reassuring about the transmission of the virus to humans through food.

The World Health Organization was reassuring on Thursday after China announced that it had discovered traces of the coronavirus on imported food.

We do not believe that the coronavirus can be transmitted through food… If we understood correctly, China looks for the virus on packaging, has tested hundreds of thousands of them and found very few, less than ten positive , explained scientist Maria Van Kerkhove.

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How does COVID - 19 spread? What does “close contact” mean? Can I get COVID - 19 from airborne particles that end up in food ? When do I need to wear a mask? Is it possible to live with someone who is self-quarantining because they are sick with COVID - 19 or may have been exposed to the virus ?

The virus does not linger in the air at high enough levels to be a risk to most people. ( Covid - 19 is the name for the disease caused by the virus .) But as long as you wash your hands before touching your face, you should be OK, because viral droplets don’t pass through skin.

However, we know that it can stay on surfaces for some time and we have given instructions, with the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Editor's note), on food handling and work in the food sector so that workers are safe in their work environment, added the head of the emerging diseases unit at the WHO.

“Our food… is safe”

People shouldn't be afraid of food, food packaging or the food chain, said Michael Ryan, director of health emergencies at the World Health Organization. Health (WHO).

Our food, with regard to Covid, is safe; there is no evidence that food or food chains participate in the transmission of the virus, he said, recalling the precautions for use (washing hands, cooking food) .

We must not inflate this type of information, he further pleaded. People are afraid of the pandemic enough already.

The Chinese authorities announced Thursday that they had found a trace of the virus, during a routine check, on samples of frozen chicken wings taken Tuesday but also on packages of shrimp from Ecuador.

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