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Is it safe to eat takeout food?

Properly prepared cooked food is unlikely to get you sick with COVID-19. Although there could be some risk from the person-to-person interaction of picking up food or getting delivery, this might still be lower than going to a grocery store when it is very crowded. Either way, wash your hands before you eat.

Preliminary information suggests that SARS-CoV-2 (like other coronaviruses) can last for up to several days on surfaces, depending on the type of surface and environmental conditions. Surfaces can be cleaned with alcohol- or bleach-based disinfectants.

References

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-how-get-food-safely/608008/

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf

Drafted 23 March 2020