• Jonathan Shiek

Can Microwaving Food Kill The Coronavirus

The pandemic has actually changed our food consumer habits, from constantly going out to get groceries to cook at home or dining out, to getting takeaways and food deliveries to our front door just to keep our distance from people to avoid contracting the virus. Even so, people are still worried if their packages or containers contain particles of the virus. Hence, the big question, does microwaving food kill the coronavirus?

To answer this question, maybe.

Some wonder if the temperature can help kill germs like bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. For most types of food, the safe cooking temperature is 74°C. There were studies conducted in regards to temperatures that can kill SARA-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and they found that a temperature of 70oC could kill the virus.

Microwaves work by producing radio waves transmitted into the device at a specific frequency. Waves are then absorbed by water molecules in the food which causes them to vibrate rapidly and produces heat to cook the food. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, microwaves could be used to disinfect materials that are microwave-safe. A home microwave may take 60 seconds to 5 minutes to completely kill germs.

However, the amount of time depends on the type of germ, as of now there is no certain time and power needed to effectively kill SARS-CoV-2. Another thing to note is that, microwaves don’t heat up food evenly, so there may be cold spots in the food.

What do you think? Will they soon find a way for us to kill bacteria with microwaves in our own home?


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