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Volume 5, Issue 25  |  March 27, 2020


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

It’s support your favorite local restaurants time

Fair Game Tom NewSo I did what we’re supposed to be doing during the coronavirus ordeal and ordered food delivery from one of our local restaurants. 

Obviously, they need our help.

When it was delivered I even had them leave it on the doorstep to allow for the proper social distancing. When the delivery guy left the walkway, I opened the door and brought in the bag of food.

It smelled wonderful, b-t-w.

I started unloading everything, opening up the different containers to check things out, sorting out the napkins and utensils that were included in the bag.

We were ready to eat.

However, right then, it donned on me, is this whole process safe? Can I get the dreaded CV-19 this way?

I mean, how do I know who touched the bag, who packed the food and, finally, who cooked the food?

I decided to check out the stats. 

According to a recent study by North Carolina State University, they explored COVID-19 and food safety issues and looked at the question, “Is Coronavirus a Concern with Takeout?”

Here’s what I found. First off, is there a risk? Well, according to NC State, there is no current indication that takeout or drive-thru meals will increase the illness. It also notes that social distancing helps to reduce risks with high risk and elderly groups.

How about the packaging of food? The risks of transfer are very low, according to their research. If you handle food packaging you can minimize risks then by then washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer.

Boy, I’m happy because I did both.

How about if you ingest coronavirus through the food? NC State’s study says that if the food was contaminated with coronavirus, the stomach should inactivate the virus anyway since it’s very acidic.

Besides, even if your stomach acid didn’t inactivate the virus, there isn’t any evidence that CV-19 can start through the gastrointestinal tract.

Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all agree that they’re not aware of any reports that suggest CV-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.

So, I say eat up. Order out and order often. Stu News has included a listing of a number of local restaurants offering their services below in today’s issue. 

Peruse them and give them a hand. If nothing else, buy a gift card to use later. They’ll appreciate the help.

Finally, I saw a funny comment that reiterates a great point. Remember the last time you were raising money for one of your favorite charities or fundraisers? These same restaurants you asked to support you…well, now they need your help and the shoe’s on the other foot. 

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I saw a disturbing video over the past few days where a woman, while running her video camera, was yelling at another woman who was loading up a pick-up truck with cases upon cases of toilet paper. Apparently, the woman with the truck had just exited a store after purchasing all the TP. 

So, the lady doing the recording was yelling at the other about her selfishness.

It got me thinking, who’s really to blame? I say it’s the store owner.

In today’s environment, stores should be limiting mass purchases on items that everyone obviously needs by limiting quantities. If a store isn’t doing this, don’t fight with the purchaser, get the manager involved. He or she is the problem and they need to change policies.

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Palisades Tennis Club announced Sunday through a communique to their members that beginning “Monday, March 23 (yesterday), they will re-open the tennis courts ONLY beginning at 6:30 a.m.”

The note continues to say that “the side gates” will open from 6:45 a.m. until 8 p.m. “Members are welcome to come and use the tennis courts anytime during those hours UNLESS WE ARE DIRECTED OTHERWISE BY AUTHORITIES.”

I guess a state-issued Stay at Home Order by the governor of our state doesn’t count? It orders in it that “individuals living in (California) stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors,” yada, yada, yada.

Tennis does not count, PERIOD. If the gate is still open, it needs to be locked. Today.

C’mon people, remember we have to do this now, no matter how bad it feels, to ensure that our future returns to normal sooner rather than later. That means everyone!

Unfortunately, I reached out to Palisades trying to nip this in the bud but I didn’t receive a reply.

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