What Immunocompromised People Need to Know About Food Safety Amid COVID-19 and Beyond

I think it is safe to say that everyone (including me) is experiencing the uncertainties and anxiety of COVID-19. This is exceptionally difficult for vulnerable groups because the media is heightening our natural fear of getting sick with the virus because our immunocompromised bodies can’t fight it. A whirlwind of social media posts has created a lot of confusion about how to properly handle and prepare food. Some of these suggestions include washing produce with soap and bleach, leaving groceries outside for 3 days, to avoid takeout food and to wear masks at the grocery store. There is a lot of misinformation these days and I am here to clarify it for you.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a virus that affects the respiratory system and spreads through direct and indirect contact. Person to person contact directly passes the fluids from an infected person to a noninfected person. Whereas, surfaces indirectly pass the virus if an infected person coughed or sneezed on it. The virus does not grow on surfaces, but it can survive for up to 72 hours or less.

What Does it Mean to be Immunocompromised?