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In support of food delivery

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the article “Order food and stay isolated,” by Alex Perry, published on March 19.

As a food service worker at a local chain restaurant, I wholeheartedly support the notion that people should opt for delivery. The Centers for Disease Control has advised for people to practice social distancing and to stay home unless necessary to leave. Despite the warnings, many citizens are still venturing out to shop and dine, most of whom are unaware of the fact that they are risking their own wellbeing and the lives of others. Even if one does not have COVID-19 symptoms, they could still be carrying the virus without knowing.

Delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub are the best way to keep yourself and others safe. As someone with an 80-year-old grandmother living at home, I fear every day that I could be bringing this virus back to her unknowingly. For someone her age, the disease could have catastrophic symptoms.

Luckily, because of the outbreak, the majority of popular delivery services are offering no delivery fees at this time, making it easier than ever to order remotely. I urge everybody to take advantage of this convenience so we can slow the spread of this virus and keep ourselves and others safe during this pandemic. The more we take steps toward limiting our social interactions during this trying time, the faster our society can recover from it as a whole.

Vienne Aberle

Suffolk