(CNN) -- People across the country and the globe are taking measures to limit the spread of coronavirus -- avoiding crowds, working from home, frequent hand-washing, and ordering in instead of eating out.
With most restaurants across the U.S. shuttered, many of us are turning to food takeout or delivery. But how safe is it?
Experts say it's a safe alternative, but to choose contact-free delivery whenever possible.
Dr. Benjamin Chapman, a food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, said there's no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted by food or food packaging. Even if coronavirus somehow makes its way into your meal, it’s a low risk – there has not been any evidence to show that coronavirus is transmitted by eating food, he said.
“My message around takeout is to go ahead and do it -- it's a really safe alternative,” Chapman said.
And although the heat from cooking is more likely to kill off the coronavirus, Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, said the risk of contracting coronavirus through a hot or even a cold meal is extremely low.
“Coronaviruses in general are not stable at high temperatures, so it is highly likely that cooking food will inactivate the virus,” Rasmussen said. “Cold foods, we don't know how long the virus remains infectious on cold foods… however for things like produce that you would presumably wash prior to eating that should rinse off any virus."
Rasmussen adds if the virus is ingested, our stomach would actually get rid of the virus.
"When you eat any kind of food, whether it be hot or cold, that food is going to go straight down into your stomach where there is a high acidity, low PH environment that also will inactivate the virus,” she said.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that if you order food from a restaurant, there are some precautions you should take. He suggests trying to take the food out of the packaging on the porch and leave the packaging outside. Then, wipe down any of the packaging you bring inside, then wash your hands before you eat.
Dr. Celine Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at NYU Bellevue, agrees that human interaction -- not interaction with food -- poses the greatest risk.
"I think the highest-risk moment in getting food delivered to you is actually the face-to-face interaction with the delivery person,” Gounder said. “So, ideally, you would be able to pay them online or whatever platform you're using for ordering food, and then have them leave it outside your door, wait until they leave, and then get the food."
If you prefer to head to the grocery store to throw together a homemade meal, wiping the products down and washing your hands are key.
“I would suggest wiping down external surfaces of canned or wrapped foods,” Gounder said. “You should be washing your fruits and vegetables, produce anyway. Soap and water is just fine for that, but again I think making sure you sanitize your hands, wash your hands after you unpack your groceries is also a key step here."