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Could the coronavirus be on fruits, vegetables, produce, or other food products?

Researchers have found that the COVID-19 virus can be viable on plastic for up to 3 days, and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. So it would not be surprising to find COVID-19 virus on, for example, a piece of fruit in a bin at a grocery store that gets lots of customers. However, by following good food handling and preparation practices, you can minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19.

It is important to follow traditional food preparation guidelines such as washing produce and other foods well with water, cooking food thoroughly, and washing your hands with soap and water before and after food preparation, and before eating.

Drafted 18 March 2020

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