Coronavirus Q&A: Can I get COVID-19 from my groceries?

“There is no evidence that I’m aware of that indicates the spread of COVID-19 infection via contaminated food,” said Michael J. Buchmeier, a professor of medicine and biology at UC Irvine. Buchmeier, backed by 40 years of experience working on coronaviruses, reminds us to “think about where the contamination is coming from.” COVID-19, for the most part, is passed person-to-person through tiny respiratory droplets. So, you’re more likely to contract the virus by being in close contact with a person, not a bag of Cheetos or raw chicken thighs.