COVID-19 Outbreak (Update: 164,248 cases and 3,164 deaths in US) (121 Viewers)

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It shouldn't be a big deal but with a large number of people unable to afford healthcare, and the anti vax crowd growing there's a small chance that this could be interesting.
 
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Not many people getting on base eh staphory?
Actually, yes. Everything is like normal, just this one area has this silly screening.
obviously I can’t go into more detail because of security concerns but this screening is stupid. Nobody will answer yes.
 
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This flies in the face of recent reporting.


Dr. Benjamin Chapman, a food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, says there’s no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted by food or food packaging even if coronavirus somehow makes its way into your meal.

And although the heat from cooking is more likely to kill off the coronavirus, Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, says the risk of contracting COVID-19 through a hot or a even cold meal is extremely low.

“in general, eating food is low risk and there has not been any evidence to show that coronavirus is transmitted by eating food,” said Dr. Rasmussen. “Coronaviruses in general are not stable at high temperatures, so it is highly likely that cooking food will inactivate the virus. cold foods we don’t know how long the virus remains infectious on cold foods, however for things like produce that you would presumably wash prior to eating that should rinse off any virus.”

She adds if the virus is ingested, our stomach would actually get rid of the virus

“When you eat any kind of food whether it be hot or cold that food is going to go straight down into your stomach where there is a high acidity, low PH environment that also will inactivate the virus,” she said.
My only problem here is that if someone is shedding and not watchful, then it's on the bag, the container, the napkins you use to wipe your mouth and the straw you put in your drink. You then bring that home into your house where it can land on your table, counter, and hands as you eat.

If there's no danger, then why is the best practice not to touch your face?
 

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My only problem here is that if someone is shedding and not watchful, then it's on the bag, the container, the napkins you use to wipe your mouth and the straw you put in your drink. You then bring that home into your house where it can land on your table, counter, and hands as you eat.

If there's no danger, then why is the best practice not to touch your face?
Nobody disagrees that the main danger is the packaging. Best advice seems to be to disinfect bags and containers before you place them on a surface that has been disinfected. I think that there is a good suggestion for a.modus operandi somewhere earlier in this massive thread.
 

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My only problem here is that if someone is shedding and not watchful, then it's on the bag, the container, the napkins you use to wipe your mouth and the straw you put in your drink. You then bring that home into your house where it can land on your table, counter, and hands as you eat.

If there's no danger, then why is the best practice not to touch your face?
yea, i’m being very observant of how a restaurant operates when I go in. I’ve been mostly satisfied with what I’ve seen but it’s also inconsistent. For instance, there is a small coffee chain here, called OZO, that is VERY strict in their operation. They don’t let customers touch the checkout screen. They’ll hit the tip button for you and you don’t have to sign. You just insert your CC into the chip reader. They keep all the lids and cup sleeves behind the counter and hand them out one at a time so customers aren’t fumbling through them. There is hand sanitizer everywhere behind the counter. They sanitize constantly and wipe down everything with Clorox wipes. They even have tape on the floors to show where customer should stand. It’s been impressive..

But then there are others like The Lost Cajun that are trying but a little less consistent. They take your CC and have you sign a reciept with a pen that may or may not have been wiped down. There are cleaning products out but I didn’t see any cleaning in the 15 minutes I was waiting. They don’t offer to bring it out to your car. They wear gloves but I saw possibilities for cross contamination. I felt like they took sanitation seriously but their attention to detail was lacking. I love this place but I’m probably going to skip it for a while.

I ended up cutting the bag open in my garage, carrying the food cartons into the kitchen and wiping them down. I transferred the food into other containers, threw out everything I didn’t need and then sanitized everything. Call me paranoid.

There is a happy medium out there too. Georga Boys BBQ seems to be there. I could see some good sanitation practices. They had pens to sign receipts but they were sanitizing them after every use. The touch screens were covered being wiped down after every use as well. Everyone had gloves and I could see them changing them regularly. They would also bring orders out to your car and will take payments over the phone. It’s great because I love their BBQ..
 

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