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Who is considered to be essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Essential (critical infrastructure) workers include health care personnel and employees in other essential workplaces (e.g., first responders and grocery store workers).


Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food?

Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of the coronavirus. It’s important to recognize that unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI, or stomach-related) viruses that often make people ill through contaminated food, coronavirus is a virus that causes respiratory (breathing-related) illness. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.


Can you share dishes with others if you have COVID-19?

• Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. • Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.


What are the organs most affected by COVID‐19?

The lungs are the organs most affected by COVID‐19


Is the U.S. food supply safe?

See full answerCurrently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI) viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus that causes respiratory illness and not gastrointestinal illness, and foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. It’s always important to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill.


Can the coronavirus disease be transmitted through food or food packaging?

There is no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


How to handle dishes after COVID-19 patient?

• Wash dishes and utensils using gloves and hot water: Handle any dishes, cups/glasses, or silverware used by the person who is sick with gloves. Wash them with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.


How long are you contagious after being sick with COVID-19?

Most people with COVID-19 are no longer contagious 5 days after they first have symptoms and have been fever-free for at least three days.


Are you still contagious 10 days after the COVID-19 infection?

After ten days, most people are not infectious. Multiple studies have shown there is very little, if any, transmission after day ten, regardless of the variant.


How does the coronavirus affect our body?

Coronavirus enters the body through the nose, mouth or eyes. Once inside the body, it goes inside healthy cells and uses the machinery in those cells to make more virus particles. When the cell is full of viruses, it breaks open. This causes the cell to die and the virus particles can go on to infect more cells.


What does COVID-19 do to the lungs?

COVID-19 can cause lung complications such as pneumonia and, in the most severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. Sepsis, another possible complication of COVID-19, can also cause lasting harm to the lungs and other organs.


How COVID-19 infect the body?

A virus infects your body by entering healthy cells. There, the invader makes copies of itself and multiplies throughout your body. The new coronavirus latches its spiky surface proteins to receptors on healthy cells, especially those in your lungs.


COVID-19 driven shut down of non-essential Ontario businesses to start at the end of Tuesday

Premier Ford makes the announcement of the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23. Photo: Ontario government


About the author

John Greig is the former editor of Farmtario and has spent his career in agricultural journalism and communications. He lives on a farm near Ailsa Craig, Ontario. Contact John at jgreig@farmmedia.com or follow him on Twitter @jgreig


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