- Do you know how to cook?
- What is your favorite food?
- during /DYOO-ring/
- quick /kwik/
- packaging /PAK-uh-jing/
- rinse /rins/
- extra /EK-struh/
[preposition] – from the beginning to the end of a particular period
The students had fun during their school trip.
[adjective] – happening or done with great speed, or lasting only a short time
It was just a quick presentation.
[noun] – the materials in which objects are wrapped before being sold
The packaging is really cute.
[verb] – to use water to clean the soap or dirt from something
Rinse it with warm water.
[adjective] – added to what is normal
Please get an extra chair for our guest.
The quick answer is yes, according to Elizabeth A. Bihn, professor from Cornell University – Food and Science Department. The chance of getting a virus from food or its packaging is low, but people should still be more careful. And more importantly, viruses shouldn’t be the only concern.
These tips will help avoid catching viruses and other diseases:
The Partnership for Food Safety Education says there are four important steps that we should follow when we prepare food. These are: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Always clean your hands, tools, and the area properly to avoid food contamination. Rinse food with cool running water and do not use bleach or soap to clean them. Food must be cooked properly and should be stored in containers or refrigerators right away.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that coronavirus can spread through droplets from coughing or sneezing from a sick person, so anyone can still be at risk with in-person delivery. Be sure to wear a face mask, put the food to be delivered in a place that is at least six feet away from you, and then let the receiver get it.
Packing and unpacking food
Put the food inside reusable containers, or in plastic wraps or aluminum foils. It will prevent the food from getting contaminated. When unpacking food, Dr. Bihn says to bring the food and make space for containers. If the food is inside the bag, put it on the floor and then take it out. Open the container and then place the food to another one. If bags can be used again, wash it, and if not, throw it away properly.
Not everybody will go through all the steps all the time, but Dr. Bihn says that these extra steps can give people some peace of mind. The chances of getting viruses from food or the packaging is low. But always make sure to be careful and wash your hands regularly.
True or False:
- According to Dr. Bihn, it is generally safe to cook and share food with your friends and family.
- The chances of getting the coronavirus from food is very high.
- The four important practices of food safety according to Partnership for Food Safety Education are: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
- Elizabeth Bihn is from Harvard University.
- It is important to wash hands regularly to avoid illnesses.
Complete the sentences by using the words in the box.
- We had a _____ talk with our teacher before the exam.
- Please _____ the tools before returning them.
- He brought an _____ shirt.
- William was sleeping at the back _____ the program.
- The _____ is made out of carton.