Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

Updated BfR FAQ dated 20 October 2020

Changes made to the version dated 20 September 2020:

  • Specifications on the use of alcoholic hand disinfectants
  • Specification on the infectivity of coronaviruses on solid and dry surfaces
  • Some editorial revisions

After the outbreak of the respiratory tract disorder COVID-19 caused by an infection with the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and the subsequent epidemic in various regions of China, the virus is now around the world. Disconcerted consumers have asked the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) whether the virus can also be transmitted to humans via food and imported products, such as children’s toys, mobile telephones, objects such as door handles, tools, etc., as well as dishes and cutlery. Against this background, the BfR has summarised the most important questions and answers on the topic.

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