- What do you usually order online?
- Which do you prefer, cooking your own food or buying meals from the store?
- tasty /TEY-stee/
- stew /stoo/
- furthermore /FUR-ther-mohr/
- surface /SUR-fis/
- risk /risk/
[adjective] – (of food) producing a pleasant flavor and feeling in the mouth when eaten
The pasta we had in the new Italian restaurant was really tasty!
[noun] – a type of food consisting usually of meat or fish and vegetables cooked slowly in a small amount of liquid
Jinnie cooked this beef stew for me.
[adverb] – in addition
They don’t like to live there because it’s far from their workplace. Furthermore, the area always gets flooded.
[noun ] – the outer or top part or layer of something
Wipe the countertop surfaces with a damp cloth.
[noun] – the possibility of something bad happening
Smoking increases the risk of lung diseases.
Elizabeth A. Bihn, a professor from the Food Science Department of Cornell University, says “yes.” The risk of coronavirus transmission through sharing of food or getting it from the packaging is very low, but people should still take caution. Furthermore, viruses shouldn’t be the only concern.
The tips below will prevent catching viruses and other diseases:
The Partnership for Food Safety Education lists “four core practices” that we should follow. They are: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Make sure to clean your hands, tools, and surfaces properly to avoid contamination. Rinse the produce with cool running water and avoid using bleach or soap to clean them. Foods should be cooked in correct temperatures and should be stored as soon as possible. It’s not necessary to wear a mask when you prepare food but if it prevents you from touching your face, then do it.
Aim for contactless delivery as much as possible. As stated by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus is transmitted via droplets from coughing or sneezing of an infected person. This means a person can still be at risk with in-person delivery. When delivering food, make sure to wear a face mask, put the food to be delivered in an area at least six feet away from you, and then let the receiver pick it up.
Packing and unpacking food
Place the food inside plastic wraps or aluminum foils, or in reusable containers. This will avoid food contamination during delivery. When unpacking food, Dr. Bihn recommends bringing the food and clearing a space for the containers. If the food is inside the bag, place it on the floor and then remove it. Open the container and then transfer the contents to another one. If the bags are reusable, wash it, and if not, dispose properly.
Dr. Bihn knows that not everybody will go through all these steps all the time. But if you want to take these extra steps, it will give you peace of mind. The risk of virus transmission from food is unlikely to happen. Just make sure that you keep your hands clean always.
- According to the article, what are some ways we could connect with others during this time of pandemic?
- What are the four steps that we should follow in preparing food according to the Partnership for Food Safety Education?
- In preparing food, why is it important to clean your hands, tools, and surfaces properly?
- How should we clean produce like fruits and vegetables?
- What should we do with the containers and bags used in food packaging according to the article?
- How often do you order food online during the pandemic?
- Which among the steps in the article is the most useful? Why?
- Kindly share how you sanitize your things and food during the pandemic.
- Do you usually keep or dispose of reusable food containers? Please tell me more.
- How often do you wash your hands and when?