Ordering Take-out, or Delivery? Here are the Best ways to keep Germs away

With so many people staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, take-out or delivery meals can be very appealing, and there are a few ways to ensure you leave any unwanted germs at the doorstep.

Dr. Simone Wildes, an infectious disease specialist, told ABC News that one of the safest precautions is "not to make contact with the delivery person" during the hand off.

"Contact less delivery is [when they] leave the package or the food outside without having to directly speak with the person or individuals," she explained. "And then they go out and collect the packages without any direct interaction."

Once the food is inside the kitchen, experts suggest another step to help mitigate any risk of potential germs being spread.

"Take it out of the containers, toss those containers and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water," she advised.

The coronavirus can live on cardboard surfaces for 24 hours and on plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Package disposal and hand washing are two important steps in your new dinner delivery process.

Delivery services have also implemented new protocols to help keep their couriers healthy and safe.

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