While some restaurants are beginning to open their doors, many have struggled to adapt to the COVID outbreak. However, for fast food, takeout, and delivery services business is booming. All businesses are asked to take new precautions; but amid the pandemic, is a drive-thru considered safe?
Can COVID-19 be transferred through food?
To spread, the virus needs a living host. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), we are at low risk of getting COVID-19 from food and packaging. As long as you are properly washing your hands, the odds of contracting the virus on inanimate surfaces are low. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease and is spread most often though coughing, sneezing, or talking.
How has the pandemic impacted fast food?
Since the stay at home order, drive-thrus and online sales are through the roof. The world has adapted by buying into contactless encounters and digital delivery. In a recent article, CNN reports that people are spending more and showing up later. In an attempt to make less trips and feed more people, customers are beginning to buy their orders in bulk. They’re also spending less on breakfast and starting their orders later in the day.
What can I do to keep myself safe?
As seen in an article published by the FDA, restaurants and delivery services have made an effort to adapt to the outbreak. Although COVID can spread within the workplace, the customer can take simple precautions to keep themselves virus free. Contactless food delivery can be practiced in both food delivery and at the drive through. When it comes to payment, a card is always a better option than cash. Most importantly, before you enjoy your food, be sure to wash your hands.