Fears of coronavirus shouldn’t stop you from ordering takeout, experts say:

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The restaurant industry relies on takeout and delivery orders to keep businesses afloat and maintain effective social distancing for customers and workers.

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The restaurant industry relies on takeout and delivery orders to keep businesses afloat and maintain effective social distancing for customers and workers.

Paul Taylor / Getty Images

Don Schaffner had brought Thai food for dinner a few nights ago, just as he had done occasionally in the weeks and months leading up to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s worth knowing. Schaffner is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey whose expertise includes quantitative microbial risk assessment, predictive food microbiology, hand washing and cross-contamination.

“I know people are worried, but from what we currently know about the virus, it is safe to eat prepared food in restaurants as long as you take proper precautions – especially hand washing,” says Schaffner.

As the coronavirus spreads to the United States and Americans follow the stay-at-home guidelines, take-out and ready-to-eat meals are increasing. However, in these frightening times, many of us wonder if eating takeout is a good idea? (Also, shouldn’t we be cooking all of the groceries we supplied?)

Fortunately for lazy cooks, eating food prepared in restaurants seems like a safe choice. According to current guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration, “there is no evidence that foods produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19”.

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