Do I need to disinfect my groceries?




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN.
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Question:
Do I need to disinfect my groceries?

Answer:
Yes, I get this question from my neighbours all the time actually. You know, it's largely not practical to have to disinfect all your groceries, especially since many of your items are going to be made with cardboard or packaged with soft plastic. When you have hard plastic surfaces, you can wipe...

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: April 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Dr. Susy Hota:
Yes, I get this question from my neighbours all the time actually. You know, it's largely not practical to have to disinfect all your groceries, especially since many of your items are going to be made with cardboard or packaged with soft plastic. When you have hard plastic surfaces, you can wipe them down and do your best with it. But really the most important thing that you can do is wash your hands after you’ve been handling things that have come from the public. This virus likely doesn't last longer than a few days on most surfaces like plastic, so you know over time you won't have to worry so much about it but just washing your hands really vigilantly is the best way to go.

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: April 7, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN.
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