COVID-19 Resources

Due to the high number of inquiries received and the continuous developments regarding the virus, TAG is offering COVID-19 Retainer Packages to businesses concerned with the impact of this outbreak.

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For the food industry

  • Daily Updates

  • Advice for Food Industry

  • What can you (we) all do?

 
Key Points

Updated: March 21, 2020

  • Everyone should practice social distancing, not only those who are ill or at higher-risk (e.g. older individuals, pre-existing conditions). Please see below for a poster that you can use at your establishment (free for use). Please email us (info@achesongroup.com) if you are wanting a copy of this poster.

  • While <1% of COVID-19 deaths are < 54 years old, new CDC data shows that 40% of hospitalized U.S. patients are between 20 – 54 years old. This is aligned with similar reports from France and Italy. These numbers demonstrate the virus’ community outreach; it is important for everyone to be attentive and practice social distancing. While you may not show symptoms, you can still be a carrier and may inadvertently affect others.

  • The first developed vaccines against COVID-19 have begun testing.

  • To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service that will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. Currently, the Health Alert service is in English; more languages will be added next week. To access and subscribe, please send the word "hi" to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892. In WhatsApp, messaging will be free.

 
Recommendations for
the Food Industry

Please feel free to use this image for posters or signs to be posted in your business (print in landscape mode). If needed, please email us for the original.

COVID-19 Non-survivability in Food

Due to misinformation, there has been worry and discussion around the transmissibility of COVID-19 in food (especially in frozen foods or take-out). Additionally, food facilities have begun wondering if they should close or enact a recall should an employee have COVID-19. As stated by both CDC and FDA, there is currently no evidence of food or food packaging-associated COVID-19 transmission.  

As noted by FDA, unlike foodborne gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that can make people ill through contaminated food, foodborne exposure to SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is not known to be a route of transmission. However, CDC warns that it is important for food-handlers and consumers to continue to practice general food safety. Food handlers should thoroughly wash hands before preparing food, and everyone should wash hands before eating food of any kind.

Additionally, while it may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface/object, then touching mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, these actions are still not thought to be the primary method of viral spread. Due to its limited survivability on surfaces (and outside a host), SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to spread from food products or packaging that shipped over days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Survivability questions have also led food facilities to ask if they must close or recall food if an employee is sick. With the food supply industry having been declared a critical infrastructure, it is vital for food facilities to maintain regular work schedules as much as possible – while following:

  • Standard industry requirements to maintain clean and sanitized facilities and food contact surfaces

  • Standing industry requirements for controlling any risks that might be associated with workers who are ill regardless of the type of virus or bacteria.

  • Any protocols set by local and state health departments. Protocols and requirements may vary based on the public health risk of person-to-person transmission (not on food safety).

  • The six-foot social distancing standard.

 

Thus, the FDA states that it does not anticipate that food products be recalled or be withdrawn from the market because of COVID-19 as there is no evidence that it is transmitted by food or food packaging. 

Please contact TAG (email) with any specific COVID-19 questions you may have for your facility, and subscribe TAG’s COVID-19 Resources for daily updates.

 
Outbreak Updates

As of March 21, 2020 (12:10 PM ET), there are over 287,200 cases (>11,900 deaths) worldwide in 187 countries/territories.

 

Angola, Fiji, New Caledonia, El Salvador, Chad, Niger, and Nicaragua have reported their first cases of COVID-19. United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Singapore have announced their first deaths related to COVID-19.

 

In the United States, there are 19,931 confirmed/tested (275 deaths) COVID-19 cases. All 50 states and various U.S. territories are now reporting cases. The states that have exceed 100 cases are: New York (7,102), Washington (1,402), California (1,261), New Jersey (894), Illinois (584), Florida (566), Michigan (548), Louisiana (537), Georgia (485), Massachusetts (413), Texas (372), Colorado (364), Pennsylvania (269), Tennessee (228), Wisconsin (216), Connecticut (194), Ohio (169), Nevada (165), Maryland (150), North Carolina (144), South Carolina (126), Minnesota (115), Virginia (115), Oregon (114), Utah (112), Alabama (106), Arkansas (100).

 

Current Confirmed Cases (countries with over 100 cases):

  • China: 81,304

  • Italy: 47,021

  • Spain: 25,374

  • Iran: 20,610

  • Germany: 20,142

  • United States: 19,931

  • France: 12,483

  • South Korea: 8,799

  • Switzerland: 6,113

  • United Kingdom: 4,014

  • Netherlands: 3,640

  • Belgium: 2,815

  • Austria: 2,814

  • Norway: 2,030

  • Sweden: 1,763

  • Denmark: 1,420

  • Portugal: 1,280

  • Malaysia: 1,1,83

  • Canada: 1,085

  • Australia: 1,071

  • Japan: 1,007

  • Brazil: 977

  • Czechia: 925

  • Israel: 883

  • Cruise Ship: 712

  • Ireland: 683

  • Turkey: 670

  • Luxembourg: 670

  • Pakistan: 666

  • Chile: 537

  • Finland: 521

  • Iceland: 473

  • Qatar: 470

  • Poland: 452

  • Indonesia: 450

  • Singapore: 432

  • Ecuador: 426

  • Thailand: 411

  • Saudi Arabia: 392

  • Slovenia: 383

  • Romania: 376

  • Philippines: 307

  • Russia: 306

  • Estonia: 306

  • Bahrain: 298

  • India: 294

  • Egypt: 285

  • Peru: 263

  • South Africa: 240

  • Iraq:208

  • Mexico: 203

  • Panama: 200

  • Lebanon: 187

  • Kuwait: 176

  • Croatia: 168

  • Armenia: 160

  • Argentina: 158

  • Colombia: 158

  • Taiwan: 153

  • Serbia: 149

  • San Marino: 144

  • Bulgaria: 142

  • United Arab Emirates: 140

  • Slovakia: 137

  • Latvia: 124

  • Costa Rica: 113

  • Dominican Republic: 112

  • Uruguay: 110

  • Hungary: 103

 

For further information, please see Johns Hopkins University’s aggregate map.

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