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A 49-year-old male asked about a 76-year-old male:

if a person gets the covid virus, would all their fridge and freezer food at home need to be thrown out in case refrigerated virus lives a long time?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
What if? what if?: No data on the behavior of the virus beyond patterns of transfer is available. If it is like most respiratory viruses in its family it dies when separated from the host for an extended period. It is not SARS or MERS it is similar in transfer & action to a bad flu. In time we will know more. Turn of the TV so the "sky is falling" media hype doesn't ruin your days.

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A 41-year-old female asked:

How long does covid 19 stay on food ? And how long after a fly flies on an infected area , will the virus stay alive on the fly or insect ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No risk from food: COVID-19 is not transmitted by food. No worries.

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