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7 habits you should start doing when ordering takeout and during delivery

7 habits you should start doing when ordering takeout and during delivery
7 habits you should start doing when ordering takeout and during delivery

Ordering food at home these days has been the solution for many people who do not want to risk contracting COVID-19 or Coronavirus. However, you should take into account the following hygiene habits with food delivery from a restaurant or food business.

Despite the fact that this measure seems easy in reality, there are certain points that you must take into account to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and protect yourself and your family.

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According to the FAQ section of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no evidence that the food or food packaging is a transmitter of COVID-19.

However, we know that the virus can temporarily live on surfaces in which it has had contact such as in the air (3 hours), in copper (4 hours), in cardboard (24 hours), in stainless steel (48 hours) and in plastic (72 hours), according to The New England Journal of Medicine.

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In this way, you can follow these recommendations when ordering from your favorite restaurant:

1. Avoid ordering if you or a family member/housemate is ill, presenting symptoms, is an older adult or is at risk of contracting COVID-19.

2. Avoid touching public surfaces (such as door handles) and choose to pick up food somewhere on the sidewalk. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) immediately after picking up the order and avoid touching your face before disinfecting your hands.

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3. When possible, choose contactless delivery options when ordering. Many food delivery services provide a contactless shipping option, where couriers will leave orders at the door. If you place an order directly from a restaurant, please leave the special instructions to the courier to leave your order at the door.

4. Leave cardboard boxes and packaging outside for 24 hours or, better yet, immediately take them to the recycling bin.

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5. Empty food into your own clean serving and eating dishes and cutlery, and immediately discard containers and packaging.

6. Wash your hands well before and after eating.

7. Disinfect the surfaces of your home that came into contact with delivery bags, containers, etc.

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Written by Melissa Sims

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