The quick spread of COVID-19 has startled many. Strict recommendations from public health officials make it seem scary to even eat produce.

Washing produce to prevent coronavirus
Washing your produce to prevent coronavirus is simpler than you think.

Go to the grocery and you’ll see people in array of colorful, patterned homemade masks. You’ll even catch some people shopping around in rubber gloves. Of course, it’s great to see people taking precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

However, many are still fearful to even touch items that may have come into contact with an infected person. Produce is high up on the list of these suspicious items that may carry coronavirus. Since people like to inspect piles of peppers with their hands for the perfect one, it’s easy to see why this is a concern.

Some sources have gone so far as to recommend washing your produce with bleach. Given the panic, many individuals are taking this advice. However, what they may not know is that washing your produce in bleach can be harmful. Health officials note that washing produce in bleach to avoid coronavirus infection is unnecessary and potentially health-hazardous.

What’s more, some virologists state that produce is actually an unlikely carrier of the coronavirus. Unless someone sneezed on your tomato a few hours before you bought it, the likelihood of contracting the virus from produce is low. Although, it never hurts to play it safe and washing your produce has long been a recommendation before the coronavirus outbreak.

While it’s true that produce tends to be something often touched, you can take simple precautions that will keep you safe and still allow you to have your fresh fruits and veggies.

  1. Trim it up: Take note of any bruising. Trim off bruised or damaged areas.
  2. Rinse and repeat: Wash your produce under running water without soap or bleach.
  3. Scrub away: For produce like melons and potatoes, scrub firmly with a clean produce brush.
  4. Let it dry: Pat your produce dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  5. Eat and enjoy: Your produce is now safe to eat as you please.

With that in mind, be free to shop for all the fresh fruits and veggies your heart desires. After all, these are a crucial part to maintaining your overall health.