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Dr. Arthur Dessi Roman Answers COVID-19 Practical Questions


Can COVID-19 spread through food?

Does UV light work against Coronavirus?

How do you disinfect meat and vegetables?

Months into the lockdown and we still have a lot of questions about COVID-19. Yes, we already know the basics like how long to wash your hands, how it’s transmitted, or what the symptoms are. However, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the virus. Every day we are bombarded with news and data – but with all that information overload, sometime we get lost and end up not knowing what to do the information that we have.

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In my case, for example, I have my food and groceries delivered to my home. Once a week, I book my groceries through Coop Grocer or Pickaroo. When they arrive, I make sure to disinfect the items by either washing them with soap and water, or spraying them with Lysol.

But what about the perishable food like meats, seafood, and veggies? How do I disinfect them?

Every now and then I also order-in food through Grab Food and every time my order arrives, I’m anxious about how safe these food deliveries are. What is the risk of getting infected from deliveries? Does cooking kill the virus? 

These are the practical questions that we often ask ourselves when dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus. To address these uncertainties and more, we talked to Dr. Arthur Dessi Roman, Infectious Diseases Specialist from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

During our interview, we asked him for answers to the most practical questions that we have about living during the time of a pandemic. Watch our interview with him through the Youtube video below.

Answering Practical Questions About COVID-19 with Dr. Arthur Dessi Roman


04:35 What is the best way to disinfect groceries?
09:24 Can the virus be transmitted through frozen food?
12:00 What are the safe ways of thawing frozen food?
13:57 Does cooking actually kill the virus?
14:22 What is the risk of getting infected from food deliveries?
18:22 Aside from alcohol, what are other chemicals that kill the virus?
19:20 Does UV really work?
27:19 Is there a risk of our pets catching the COVID-19?
31:00 Do foot baths work?
33:19 New COVID-19 strain discovered in QC?
34:45 How close are we actually to developing a vaccine?
37:06 Why do symptoms differ for every person?
39:09 Rapid test VS. PCR – what is the difference?
41:53 Is it really safe to go to the movies?
45:08 What makes our theaters currently safe/unsafe for the public?
47:57 How does a pandemic end?
49:39 What do we know about the Bubonic Plague in China?

Do you have other questions that weren’t addressed in our interview with Doc Dess? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to get an answer.


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