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Food fear: Can you get virus from leftovers? Assess the threat here

Food fear: Can you get virus from leftovers? Assess the threat here

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While experts say the virus can survive for a time on cardboard and plastic containers, it remains unclear how serious a risk that poses. Like so many issues surrounding the pandemic, the matter has swiftly become politicized.

This week China said it detected the coronavirus on packages of frozen food and banned some imports as a result.

But your plastic containers of leftover turkey are probably low risk, even if handled by someone who later gets a positive virus test.

Experts say they generally don't consider the presence of the virus on packaging to be a significant health risk.

A look at the issue and some of the conclusions so far:

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