Hong Kong – Coronaviruses and Foodborne Zoonoses


The current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been spreading rapidly around the world.  COVID-19 was believed to be caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), originated in animals and plausibly jumping across the species barrier to infect humans, The virus has then sustained a human-to-human transmission.

Zoonoses are diseases or infections transmitted between some animals and humans.  There are various ways in which people can catch a zoonosis: through direct contact with animals or materials contaminated by these animals, being bitten by a germ-carrying vector such as a mosquito, as well as through drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food (foodborne zoonoses).  While COVID-19 is likely a zoonosis, can we acquire the disease through eating?

Illustration of a SARS-CoV-2 virion

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