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Doctors weigh in on people cleaning groceries

Posted at 5:02 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 18:43:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One day after it was announced that COVID-19 survived on surfaces of a cruise ship for up to 17 days, people have questioned whether or not they should clean their groceries.

According to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, with University of Kansas Health System, it's not a bad idea.

"It's not a bad idea for you to be washing your fruits and vegetables," Hawkinson said. "Certainly wiping down the surfaces of milk containers or those cans of things is not a bad idea."

While COVID-19 can live on surfaces, there is no research that shows it can be transferred to a person, according to Hawkinson.

When it comes to avoiding any virus, Hawkinson said proper hand hygiene is still the best defense.

"After you get out of the store, wipe your hands down, or when you get home, as soon as you're doing everything, wash your hands," Hawkinson said.