Coronavirus: can freezing "kill" the virus?: Current Woman Le MAG

Wash your hands, avoid physical contact, sneeze and cough in your elbow. Covid-19 is spread through droplets that are expelled during a cough or sneeze. The implementation of these barrier gestures is therefore imperative to stop the spread of the virus.

During containment, exits to "make essential purchases " are allowed. Many questions can therefore arise around the contamination of our food. When returning from shopping, it is important to rinse fruits and vegetables well in addition to disinfecting the packaging you want to keep. Also try not to put your shopping bags on your table or furniture to avoid contamination.

Packaging, food: does freezing destroy the presence of coronavirus on these objects?

According to the National Agency for Food Safety and the Environment (ANSES), the Covid-19 is sensitive to high temperatures. Contamination of a food product can be divided by 10,000 by heating it in a microwave for four minutes at a temperature of 63 ° C. But there is no evidence that freezing a food or object can kill the virus.

On the contrary, freezing protects bacteria: "Freezing does not destroy the virus, it is even the method of conservation in the laboratory " said doctor Bruno Grandbastien, president of the French Society of Hospital Hygiene to our colleagues in Paris.

Only one method is therefore really effective in eliminating the virus: disinfection. A study by the National Center for Infectious Diseases of Singapore and the DSO National Laboratories has notably revealed that the coronavirus survives on inert surfaces such as beds, sinks or handles but that after intensive cleaning of the environment it disappears.

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