Nothing about the world is the same as it was 6 months ago. The coronavirus pandemic, the likes of which haven’t been seen before, took over the world in the span of just a few months. The virus has been spreading across the world very quickly, infecting more than 3 million people and killing 213,000.
The quick spread of the virus has made people paranoid about various aspects of their life. Videos of people refusing to let someone enter spaces due to small, insignificant reasons go viral on the internet regularly.
However, the pandemic in no way justifies people treating other people rudely. People have concerns over the potential ways that the virus can spread, and that is affecting their actions.
The virus has been found to survive on various surfaces for longer than a day. It can live for up to a week on masks. However, research hasn’t yet found if coronavirus can survive on the surface of fruits and vegetable.
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Even then, taking precautions is not a bad thing. Moreover, fruits and vegetables often have wax, dirt, chemicals, and pathogens, if not coronavirus.
HOW DO I WASH MY PRODUCE TO PROTECT AGAINST POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS SPREAD?
CLEAN YOUR HANDS
It is important to wash/sanitize your hands before you start to wash your produce. Even if your produce does not have germs or the virus on it, the same could be transferred to it from your hands. Follow the 20-second hand washing cycle recommended during the pandemic.
WASH PRODUCE JUST BEFORE USING THEM
Washing your produce and storing them afterwards allows moisture to collect on fruits and vegetables. This allows bacteria to thrive on the produce. Even if that doesn’t necessarily make the produce dangerous, it makes it rot faster.
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USE COLD WATER ONLY
Many people recommend washing your produce with soap water or other products. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has advised against it. If the produce is porous, it can allow the product on the surface of the produce to seep in. Cleaning products, if consumed, can prove to be extremely dangerous.
A 30-second wash with cold water is enough to get rid of any unwanted materials and organisms on the surface of the produce. Hot water can allow microorganisms to seep further into the fruit or vegetable, so stick with cold water.