Can you get COVID-19 through imported food?

2020-09-29 at 07:34

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says there is no risk of the spread of coronavirus through imported food items.

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said COVID-19 cannot be contracted through food items. Dr. Samaraweera added the virus remains on surfaces for a maximum of three days.

The Chief Epidemiologist said some fear the virus may be contracted through food which arrives from overseas.

However, he stressed that COVID-19 is transferred from contact between people and through the respiratory system, adding therefore the likelihood of contracting the virus from such food is highly unlikely.

Dr. Sudath Samaraweera further remarked that the virus only survives on surfaces for around three days, therefore highlighting that food imported from overseas takes longer to reach the island and ultimately be consumed.

Dr. Samaraweera therefore concluded there is no evidence that the virus can spread through food items which arrive from abroad.