Is weed pickup and delivery risky when it comes to COVID-19?

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The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has good news for even the most efficient hoarders.

As self-isolation measures stretch from days to weeks and the potential for personal food options and cannabis supplies begins to dwindle, the CDC is advising that takeout and delivery services are safe to use.

Transmission of COVID-19 primarily occurs through person-to-person contact, according to the Times Union, so as long as customers keep plenty of space between them and others during the transaction, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” the CDC noted.

It recommended exercising as much caution as possible by having deliveries left on doorsteps to minimize human contact. It’s also a good idea to ditch the packaging once the delivery arrives and giving your hands a soapy 20-second workout before indulging in the essentials.

The overwhelming majority of infections come from respiratory droplets that are released when people cough or sneeze.

“We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported on its website. “However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.”

While COVID-19 has demonstrated an ability to survive on certain surfaces for hours or longer, the overwhelming majority of infections come from respiratory droplets that are released when people cough or sneeze, according to the CDC.

Most of Canada is either not on lockdown or still allowing cannabis, booze and food outlets to remain open, so it’s important to avoid crowded stores when out and about.

If the country turns to curbside pickup for pot and booze, as P.E.I. is contemplating after deciding to shut things down and being caught off guard by the demand for certain indispensables, don’t hesitate to pop the trunk to allow workers to safely stow the adult-only products where they should be kept anyway.

If USDA reassurances aren’t enough in this troubling time, consider reheating food on the stove-top — not the microwave — to make sure you’re not getting more than you bargained for.

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