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COVID-19 Pandemic and its Implications on Food Systems

Version 1 : Received: 13 August 2020 / Approved: 14 August 2020 / Online: 14 August 2020 (11:16:44 CEST)

How to cite: Makroo, H.A.; Majid, D.; Siddiqi, M.A.; Greiner, R.; Dar, B. COVID-19 Pandemic and its Implications on Food Systems. Preprints 2020, 2020080321 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0321.v1). Makroo, H.A.; Majid, D.; Siddiqi, M.A.; Greiner, R.; Dar, B. COVID-19 Pandemic and its Implications on Food Systems. Preprints 2020, 2020080321 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0321.v1).

Abstract

The outbreak of COVID-19 started in mainland China and has rapidly spread to more than 200 countries and territories around the world (WHO, 2020). The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus and its transmission is known to occur by upper respiratory secretions, including airborne droplets after coughing or sneezing. There is no evidence to support the role of food in the transmission of COVID-19. However, sharing food in public places is not encouraged. Furthermore, standard operating procedures of food safety like thorough washing, avoid cross contamination, keeping raw and cooked foods separated, refrigeration and heating are highly suggested. The pandemic has dramatically increased food insecurity across the countries and threatens the food security and nutrition of millions of people. The review presents information about SARS-CoV-2 with respect to food, including a brief history of coronavirus, its classification and transmission. It further presents the role of food as a carrier of the virus, which looks unlikely so far but cannot be fully ruled out, food contamination and handling followed by prevention and safety measures as per the standard guidelines, and conclusive remarks.

Subject Areas

SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; food; hygiene

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