It’s your sister’s birthday, and you want to treat her to this scrumptious pasta that you made. Or maybe your friend wants to share with you his special beef stew. Are you craving for some burgers that you want to have it delivered to your doorsteps? Maybe you want to share some of the cookies you baked to your neighbor. Making food and sharing it with your loved ones are just some of the ways that we can physically connect with others in this time of pandemic. But the question lies whether it’s safe or not.

The general answer is yes. This is according to Elizabeth A. Bihn, professor at Cornell University’s Food Science Department. The odds of coronavirus transmission from sharing food or getting it from the food packaging is very low, but of course everyone should still take preventive measures. Moreover, viruses shouldn’t be the only concern.

The following tips are helpful to prevent the hazards of acquiring viruses or food-borne illnesses. Check them out:

Preparing food

There are “four core practices” according to the Partnership for Food Safety Education. These four are: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Ensure that you sanitize your hands, tools, and surfaces properly to avoid cross-contamination. Rinse them with cool running water and never use bleach or soap to clean produce. Foods should be cooked accordingly and should be stored right away. It also isn’t necessary to wear a mask while preparing the food you’re going to share; however, if it prevents you from constantly touching your face, go ahead.

Delivering food

Opt for contactless delivery as much as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions that coronavirus mainly spreads via droplets from coughing or sneezing of an infected person, so in-person delivery is risky. In delivering food, remember to take precautionary measures. Wear a face mask, place the food to be delivered in a location at least six feet away, and then let the receiver pick it up.

Packing and unpacking food

Place foods inside plastic wraps or aluminum foils, or in reusable containers. It prevents food from contamination during delivery. When it comes to unpacking food, Dr. Bihn suggests that we do the following: Bring the food, and clear space for the containers. If the food is inside a bag, place it on the floor and then remove it. Open the containers and transfer the food to another one. Wash bags and containers if reusable, and get rid of them if not.

Dr. Bihn admits that not everybody will go through this process all the time. But if you’re bothered, following these measures will surely increase your peace of mind. The chances of virus transmission from food or the packaging is not likely to happen. Just remember to sanitize your hands always.