Coronavirus – what you need to know

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are an extremely common cause of colds and other upper respiratory infections. These viruses are commonly present in wild animals and spread from one to another.

Foxes and other wild animals are known carriers of coronavirus

Where did the Wuhan Coronavirus originate from?

According to reports from the World Health Organisation, the first reported case of the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (labelled 2019-nCoV) was detected at a meat and seafood market in Wuhan, China.

At the market, livestock and raw meat sourced from wild animals such as beaver, snake, foxes and peacock was present and stored warm and unhygienic conditions, which is rumoured to have been the source of infection.

What are the common symptoms of the Wuhan Coronavirus?

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Can I get the coronavirus by eating meat?

While there is no substantial evidence linking the consumption of meat to the Wuhan Coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has stated that meat that is properly cooked and handled is safe for consumption.

Properly cooking meat helps reduce risk

What safety tips can I follow to help prevent being affected?

To better protect yourself against the outbreak, the WHO has listed out several precautionary measures that can be followed to better protect yourself against the virus:

  • Frequently wash hands with alcohol-based sanitizers or soap
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
  • If you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing seek immediate medical attention
  • Avoid direct contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • Avoid buying meat from markets or stalls where live animals are present
  • Avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products, including meat

Is meat from Licious safe to consume?

All Licious meats & seafood come with 150+ quality checks

As a FSSC22000 certified brand, Licious implements 150+ quality checks and stringent processes to ensure that all our meats and seafood are safe to consume, including:

  • Procuring only processed carcasses from hygienic facilities that hold valid FSSAI license
  • Sourcing meat from different farms and catchments, and not relying on a single source
  • Ensuring that each carcass we source is inspected by a licensed veterinarian to certify that they are disease-free
  • Conducting multiple quality-checks of our products at different levels to eliminate any sort of food safety issues
  • Eliminating cross-contamination, by not handling live animals in and around our facilities

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All information presented on this blog has been collected from reports compiled by the World Health Organization


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