Can you Catch Coronavirus from Frozen or Chilled Food?

The number of cases of Coronavirus is increasing exponentially, even after months of the rise and spread of the virus, its actual origin remains a mystery.

While researchers and scientists found that the virus spreads through respiratory droplets via infected people.

And many people want to know if they can be exposed to the virus through the food they eat.

It is believed that properly cooked food may kill the virus but, What about frozen or chilled food, especially cold meats that we eat raw?

Experts have warned against eating raw frozen foods like salmon after COVID-19 was found on the chopping board, which was used to cut salmon for imports in a wholesale food market in China.

However, there is no creditable evidence for transmission of the virus through food and food packaging, it might be a little premature to confirm that frozen foods may carry the virus.

But health officials, doctors, and other experts who are serving coronavirus patients are on the risk of infection from eating or handling frozen or chilled food.

Expert's Comment on COVID-19 in Frozen or Chilled Food-

China's Center for Diseases Prevention and Control:

The Chief Epidemiologist, Wu Zunyou told the media that the coronavirus can survive for up to three months on the surface of frozen food.

The University of Hong Kong:

Jin Dong-Yun, Virology Professor at the university said that coronavirus is not yet known to be transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food.

But it requires further more investigation to determine whether a person can contract the virus either by touching a contaminated surface or via direct food consumption.

Sheba Medical Center, Israel:

The director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases, Eyal Leshem said that the infection can transmit from fresh food (such as meat and fish) if the kitchen worker or waiter is infected or ill and touches the food.

The Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases:

Paul Tambyah, the President of the Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases said that - I am a little hesitant that this outbreak in the market was actually related to a source thousands of miles away carried through frozen or chilled food items.

It is probably more likely that the individual who shipped these goods was heavily infected with the coronavirus, but we cannot be sure until this individual is found, which may never happen.

Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai:

Om Shrivastav, the Director of Infectious Diseases said - We've known this virus for less than five months.

It is a little early to mention that this particular coronavirus can or cannot withstand changes in its environment. But based on the evidence alone at this time, I'm not aware of a food-borne transmission.

The National University Hospital, Singapore:

Dale Fisher, Infectious Diseases specialist and Senior Consultant at the hospital expressed his reservation - If we want to store any type of virus, then we freeze it.

So if the virus is packed with a frozen or chilled food product then it would survive. We normally talk about less than a week, but as we all know that the colder it is, the longer virus will last on the object.


Can you Catch Coronavirus from Icecream?

According to WHO:

There is no creditable evidence that eating hygienically made frozen food and ice-cream can spread the coronavirus.

The claims doing rounds that that eating ice creams and other chilled products can lead to the spreading of coronavirus, but the government and the world health organisation have dismissed these claims and said that there is no scientific evidence that eating hygienically made frozen food and ice cream spreads the Novel Coronavirus.