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Ordering Takeout: Safe or Not?

By: Andy Chen

Within the Bay Area’s Asian parent community, warnings regarding the safety of takeout food during the COVID-19 pandemic are commonplace on social media platforms like Facebook and WeChat. It can be easy to just accept or deny these rumors, but in reality, how dangerous is ordering takeout?

According to Don Schaffner, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey who specializes in food microbiology, getting takeout from restaurants isn’t dangerous provided that the proper precautions are in place. His analysis is supported by the FDA, which claimed that “there is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19.”

For most students, this is a welcome silver lining, as they can safely eat at food from their favorite restaurants as long as they wash their hands beforehand. With walk-ins currently nonviable because of the threat of coronavirus, many restaurants that previously didn’t offer takeout, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, have now switched to a drive-through model.

With that being said, you shouldn’t constantly be eating away from home, for cost and health reasons. Just like before the pandemic occurred, takeout should be reserved for special occasions and last-minute emergencies.

From In-n-out to Starbucks, rest assured that ordering takeout is safe for you to do. Happy eating!

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