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The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Food During a Pandemic

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As we continue to navigate these times of uncertainty, it’s important to pay attention to the various ways germs can spread. One way they can spread is through sharing food.

How Germs Spread

As the height of cold and flu season approaches and we continue to fight COVID-19, preventing the spread of germs is more important than ever. Some of the most common ways that germs spread include:

  • From sick children to other children
  • Liquids from the nose, mouth or eyes to others
  • From hands to food
  • From food to hands to other food

Food Precautions to Keep in Mind

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands frequently and properly is one of the best ways you can prevent the spread of germs. This is especially important when touching food. Be sure to follow these steps after using the restroom, as well as before and after you handle food:

  • Wet your hands with clean water.
  • Lather your hands with soap.
  • Scrub your hands, being sure to get all your fingers’ cracks and crevices.
  • Rinse your hands with clean water.
  • Dry your hands with a disposable hand towel.

Only Share Pre-packaged Goodies

Since germs can be easily spread through food, it is recommended that you avoid potlucks, buffets and sharing snacks that are touched by others (like bringing a bowl of popcorn to share in the breakroom). A great way to share treats without transferring germs is by sharing foods that are already pre-packaged. This way, the food itself won’t be handled by potentially soiled hands. Just be sure to disinfect the packaging and wash your hands before enjoying.

Don’t Share Drinks

There is really no safe way to drink from the same container as someone else without putting them at risk of getting your germs. Because of this, it is recommended that you do not drink out of the same container as someone else, even if you’re both healthy. Instead, pour the drink into smaller, disinfected cups or just enjoy separate beverages together (socially distanced, of course!).

Compassionate Health Care in Duluth

If you still have questions about what is safe and healthy, you can always talk to your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, establish care at St. Luke’s. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable medical staff provides high-quality care to people throughout the region. To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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