Covid-19 has become a new normal in India and other countries. Even vaccination is not working that much effectively as was anticipated. Therefore it is very important to take preventive measures in advance to avoid COVID infection. It is very important to follow COVID-19 protocols like wearing masks, sanitizing your hands, and maintain social distancing. Besides this, it is very important to eat healthy to boost your immunity. So in this article, we will tell you top food safety tips during COVID-19.
Tips for consuming healthy food during COVID-19 by WHO
WHO has issued a list of healthy eating habits during this COVID pandemic. This list also contains a general list of the best food habits that you should follow even during self-isolation. So here are those general tips for food safety :
- Plan only what you need: The World Health Organization has observed that people have been indulged in over-purchasing and over-consuming. This can lead to a shortage for other strata of society, combined with already short supply due to restrictions. This has also led to an increase in food prices along with unequal food distribution. It is therefore very important to plan your needs and evaluate what you actually want. You might feel that we have to keep a store of food to face the COVID pandemic but storage must be done after keeping in mind the overall effect on the economy. In this way, you can prevent food wasting and ensure food for others.
- Go for fresh ingredients rather than non-perishable goods: WHO says that fresh ingredients have more nutrients therefore you should go for fresh ingredients if these are available. If these are not available go for non-perishable goods but ensure that these are washed properly. You can also use frozen fruits and vegetables because they also have the same nutrient amount.
- Safe food handling practices should be followed: Another important thing for safe food and a healthy diet is to follow the right hygiene practices. This will help you to avoid foodborne diseases and food safety contamination. So for food hygiene, these principles are to kept in mind:
- Wash hands often: For keeping your hands clean before eating, You have to use sanitizers and properly wash your hands. You should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hands must washed after coming home from outside, after bringing groceries, and before eating.
- Keep your kitchen and utensils neat and clean: There are a variety of products available on market to keep your utensils germ-free. For your kitchen also you can use different washing products. Warm water and soap must be used to remove germs, dirt, and food that remain. You can also use dilute bleach solution or cleaner by spraying and wiping on to disinfect surfaces. Also, try to keep fruit chopping boards and meat chopping boards separately.
Other techniques and tips to keep yourself safe from germs and COVID illness:
- Storage of foods: It is very important to store your foods properly. You can not eat all the food sometimes but rather than wasting it, you should try to preserve them. Some techniques that you can use while saving your food are:
- Your refrigerator temperature should be at 400 F and your freezer temperature should kept below 00 F.
- The food should kept in the refrigerator within 2 hours of preparation.
- Meat should separated from vegetarian foods like fruits and vegetables. You should try to keep meat dishes on the lower shelf of your refrigerator. But it should covered with a plate or kept in a pan to prevent it from water.
- Leftovers should stored in shallow containers that have lids. This leftover food can be stored for 3 to 4 days.
- The ideal temperature for reheating foods should also kept in mind. For instance, 145°F for whole cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb and fresh ham and seafood, 160°F for ground meats and 165°F for poultry, including ground chicken and turkey and leftovers and casseroles are ideal temperatures.
- Try to include fruits and vegetables in your diet: Some people eat a lot of junk food. But to boost your immunity it is very important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. These fruits can either be fresh or frozen or canned, it all depends upon availability. But again make sure that you clean fruits and vegetables properly before using them in dishes or eating them raw. Try to avoid using soap, detergent, or bleach to wash these fruits and vegetables because they are not fit for human consumption. Instead, you can switch to warm water or market products specially designed for washing fruits and vegetables.
- Food processing tips for washing off germs: Some food processing tips that will help you to store your product for a longer time by freezing are given below:
- To convert your vegetables into canned or frozen manner firstly wash and boil them. Then place in cold running water instantly so that enzymes that spoil your food. Then place them in an airtight plastic freezer bag along with a date.
- Some vegetables like tomato, cucumber, etc. don’t freeze well but others like broccoli, green beans, and carrot do freeze well.
- You can also keep perishable fruits like bananas, all berries, cantaloupe, and pineapple in a frozen manner. Just Chop them into bite-sized pieces and place them in a freezer bag.
- Some fruits like apples remain stored in your refrigerator drawer and you don’t need to freeze them.
- For fresh poultry or fish, keep them in an airtight plastic freezer bag, label with the current date, and you can easily freeze them.
In this COVID time, it is very important to keep yourself healthy. Therefore healthy and disinfectant food is important. In this article, we told you certain important tips for food safety during COVID-19. From washing them properly to storing them you can follow these steps to ensure healthy food habits. Besides this, you should also follow COVID protocols strictly and exercise to prevent yourself from COVID-19.
1st Cases In Andhra, Chandigarh; India’s Omicron Count Now 38: 10 Points
Omicron cases are increasing and there are cases of Covid-19 variant in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
There are fresh Omicron patients risen to 38 as 1 each in Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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There was the first case in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A 40-year-old man came back from South Africa via Delhi. He was tested positive at the airport on December 6.There was the 18th case of omicron on December 11 and 12.In Kerala’s Ernakulam, a patient returned from the UK via Abu Dhabi and tested positive for Omicron. Till then, he was home quarantined and his family members and other passengers were home quarantined. A 20-year-old who came from Italy tested positive. A man who returned from Ireland to Andhra Pradesh was tested positive for Omicron. Maharashtra has the maximum number of cases.The ICMR unit in Assam has developed a new testing kit to detect Omicron in two hours.The WHO warned the nations of the Asia Pacific region to boost healthcare capacity and full vaccinate their people.
The Omicron strain is considered to be highly transmissible and it has spread to almost 59 nations.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu, a 21 year old from India, represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 which was held at Eilat, Israel.
In 2000, Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe.
She was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, the former Miss Universe of 2020 from Mexico which was live-streamed all across the world.
The first runner up was from Paraguay and second runner up was from South Africa.
About the Miss Universe event
In the top three rounds, the contestants were asked what advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?
Harnaaz Sandhu answered this question amazingly. She said the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out and speak for yourself, because you’re the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today.
Her powerful answer made the beauty top 3 of calling for less talk and more action.
Farmer union to meet the government to decide on further movement
The proposal from the government which addresses the pending issues has been accepted by farmer unions and the farmer union will be meeting the government on Thursday (9th December 2021) at noon.
Farmer union to meet the government and decide further movement
The farmer union, SKM (Samyukta Kisan Morcha) accepted the government proposal which addresses the pending issues of farmers.
It was on Tuesday (7th December 2021) when the central government sent the draft to the farmer union which is a five-member committee. Sources have indicated that once the final draft of the proposal agreed by both the parties is received by the union, the farmers’ protest which started on 26 November 2020 will end.
The issues listed in the draft were Surety on Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021, withdrawal of criminal cases against the farmers, and also compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protest.
The SKM said that they will be meeting the government at Singhu Border on Thursday at noon to come up with a formal decision and later end the protest.