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Old 03-15-2020, 12:01 PM
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Every St. Patrick’s Day I bake Irish soda bread for the staff. I give a whole loaf to the secretaries and P to take home, and a couple to share in the teachers’ lounge.

I’m thinking the individual ones should still be ok to give, but not the ones to share. Maybe I can make small muffin sized ones Instead. Hmmm....

Would you be afraid to eat home baked goods if the baker was healthy?

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Old 03-15-2020, 12:05 PM
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I would be afraid to eat something baked in another home right now. But I am over 60 and have chronic health issues. Someone younger may not be afraid.
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Old 03-15-2020, 12:07 PM
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I personally don't really eat things people made from home in general, but I sure wouldn't now. No one knows who in your family (friends, visitors, friend of friends, any of their coworkers, even pets, etc.) may have come into contact with someone else who may have been in contact with someone with covid-19.

And I wouldn't bring things from home that I made either. People can be just as wary of them and I am of them and rightfully so. (Plus, no one will ever blame me for getting sick in case something happens.)

I just wouldn't take that risk anymore for a long time these days.
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Old 03-15-2020, 12:10 PM
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Hi friend! I just had this text discussion with DD a few minutes ago because my dear German neighbor, a fabulous cook, left a bowl of chicken soup on my doorstep. I just ate it for lunch and it was delicious. I told DD I won’t eat in restaurants right now (especially after Claire’s post), but I do trust my neighbors. DD said she’s the opposite, she doesn’t want food others have touched but she trusts restaurants because they have health standards. I guess we’re all making this up as we go along.

Sorry so long. If I were on the receiving end of your gift, I would appreciate an individually wrapped home cooked gift (especially if cooked individually like the muffins you describe).

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Old 03-15-2020, 12:29 PM
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Wouldn't any potential germs be killed during baking? I would gladly accept a gift like that.

Amiga, that soup looks so good.


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Old 03-15-2020, 12:58 PM
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I appreciate all your opinions.

Amiga- I wish I could bake you a loaf of my mom's Irish Soda bread- it would be perfect with that delicious looking soup!

We just got word that we are closed until the end of the month. (Forgive the Happy Dance!) I'm sure teachers will be able to go in to get packets ready for the "Littles." If I bake, it will be tonight.

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Yes, heat kills bacteria and viruses
Old 03-15-2020, 01:06 PM
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However, the problem would be if the baker was positive for coronavirus and didn't know it. After baking the baker usually picks up and touches the bread or other baked items. The only other problem might be that if the virus is in the home and the item was placed on a surface like a counter, cutting board, rack etc. and the virus could be transferred. The problem with this virus is that unlike most other viruses it stay alive for up to 3 days on a surface.

I bake all the time. The staff eats EVERYTHING without question. However, I don't think that school will be in session on St. Patrick's Day this year, so no Guinness chocolate cupcakes, with Irish Whiskey flavored ganache filling and Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting for them!
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:32 PM
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The only other problem might be that if the virus is in the home and the item was placed on a surface like a counter, cutting board, rack etc. and the virus could be transferred.
I suppose, but that could happen at any time with any virus.
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Sure I am sure other viruses
Old 03-15-2020, 02:00 PM
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have been transferred that way. However, if a different virus is transferred my DD, my DH and I have all had the vaccine and medications are available so we have a great chance to survive them. The three of us are on the high risk list to die from coronavirus, so um..that is a huge difference to us, and as I posted elsewhere with the shortage of respirators we are not on the list to be able to be given one if ill.

Many people have not yet seemed to have realized how very different this is.
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:07 PM
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Many people have not yet seemed to have realized how very different this is.
There have always been new viruses. There will always be new viruses.


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No I wouldn’t eat it
Old 03-15-2020, 02:40 PM
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No I wouldn’t eat it.

I am very particular about eating from other’s home on a normal basis & especially now.

After cooking, The virus can be transferred by touching the cooked food, counter, etc.
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