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How Culinary Interns Can Protect Themselves from Coronavirus

The outbreak of the coronavirus has been disruptive in countless ways. The restaurant industry, in particular, has come under strain. Many restaurants have gone to takeout/delivery-only models, encouraging patrons to dine at home and maintain the recommended “social distancing.”

Such concessions to public health concerns are admirable. However, they do not change the fact that many chefs and culinary professionals still must head to the kitchen each day, preparing the dishes requested by takeout and delivery patrons.

In fact, some of ALZEA INDIA’s culinary interns are still in the field, working in food prep while also striving to keep themselves safe and healthy. For anyone who works in the kitchen and wishes to take the proper precautions, we have a few practical tips and recommendations.

Our Tips: Stay Safe During COVID-19

A few best practices include:

  • First and foremost, if you feel sick or experience any flu-like symptoms, it’s vital that you stay home. This is a critical way to watch out for the people around you, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Maintain six feet of space around your work area, if at all possible. This can be extremely difficult to do in smaller, cramped kitchens, but it’s worth reconfiguring your work area to maximize your social distancing.
  • Abide by all the best principles by washing and sanitizing your hands. We’d recommend washing your hands frequently, and for a minimum of 20 seconds at a time.
  • If you must cough or sneeze, be careful to do so into the crook of your elbow.
  • Regularly disinfect all surfaces, including doorknobs and handles; food prep areas; and the handles to refrigerators and cabinets. This really needs to be done on an hourly basis and should be done using a disinfectant that’s at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Also make sure you disinfect keypads and customer-facing point-of-sale systems. Do so after each use!

This is a strange season for our world and for the restaurant industry, and there remains much uncertainty about what we can do to keep one another safe. For those who are working in a food prep setting, the tips we’ve listed here represent a good foundation. With any specific questions, we recommend seeking counsel from trusted medical resources, such as the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, with any questions about culinary internship experiences, reach out to ALZEA INDIA at your next opportunity.

We wish all of you health and safety in these trying times.