By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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How to Clean Vegetables When Bringing from the Market

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease whose suspected source has been discovered through the consumption of bats. It basically originated from a meat market in Wuhan city situated in China. Most people infected with COVID-19 experience symptoms such as respiratory illness, dry cough, sneezing. We are sharing some tips to clean the vegetables when bringing from the market. Older people, kids less than 10 years and those individuals with underlying medical issues such as diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Respiratory ailments are more likely to catch the disease easily.

Modes of transmission: Does COVID-19 Virus Spread Via Vegetables!

According to the FDA and WHO, no evidence has been found yet that it can be transferred through products such as fruits and vegetables. The COVID-19 spreads mainly through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose of an infected person if he/she coughs or sneezes. It’s possible that the virus can get into the food if someone who is infected, coughs or sneezes over that food or if the virus is on their hands and it comes in contact. But unlike bacteria that cause foodborne illness, the coronavirus does not multiply on vegetables and other foods. Learn “Pre and Post Covid Nutrition Course”. WHO emphasizes on few Measures that should be taken care to prevent the transmit of disease and protect yourself:

  • Social Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene and Washing hands Regularly
  • Respiratory Etiquette
  • Environmental hygiene and Disinfection
  • Drink plenty of liquids and eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Cleaning Methods While Bringing from Market:

Since COVID-19 is an infectious disease so every small move needs to be checked while buying/storing them. It is important to wash all the fruits and vegetables thoroughly before you eat them, to ensure they are clean and safe and to finally store in your refrigerator. Some examples to clean the vegetables when bringing from outside.

 Few ways to clean Vegetables while bringing these from outside: 

  1. Take warm water, put some white salt and dissolve. Dip Vegetables for 30 mins and wash them by rubbing them.  You can Use a clean sanitized cloth to dry and then store them. Wash your hands thoroughly after this with an anti-bacterial wash/soap.

  2. Pour 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a bucket and soak the vegetables for 30 mins, wash thoroughly and rinse with clean water 2-3 times.

  3. Buy packaged, sealed meat/ poultry products, store them in separate containers than raw vegetables.

  4. Small Amount of Antibacterial wash such as Dettol can also be used as a disinfectant for washing the produce, take a small amount of your soap on your hands, rub and dissolve in water and put the vegetables. Rinse the vegetables thoroughly with clean water 2-3 times later.

Being aware of the current scenario with COVID-19 and knowing the threats caused by it, it is advised that you take care of yourself and your surroundings, the food you eat and the groceries and fresh produce you buy from outside, sanitize them and use so that you are safe and protected from the health hazards of COVID-19. Practice the above precautions on a daily basis and keep yourself safe.

Photo by Jakub Kapusnak on Unsplash

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