China has tightened import controls amid concern the outbreak in Beijing could be linked to food from abroad. Photo: AFP
China has tightened import controls amid concern the outbreak in Beijing could be linked to food from abroad. Photo: AFP

Does Covid-19 spread through food? The evidence says ‘highly unlikely’

  • A fresh outbreak linked to a market in Beijing has fuelled speculation that contaminated food from overseas could be to blame
  • But experts don’t see it as a vehicle for virus transmission, and some say livestock is the more important area to investigate

China has tightened import controls amid concern the outbreak in Beijing could be linked to food from abroad. Photo: AFP
China has tightened import controls amid concern the outbreak in Beijing could be linked to food from abroad. Photo: AFP
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