Covid-19 has changed a lot of things including the tradition of blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Beside Covid-19, it was rather an unattractive tradition or habit. A study published in the Journal of Food Research highlighted how unattractive the tradition is.
Individuals volunteered to blow out birthday candles after eating pizza. Researchers of the 2017 study found blowing out candles resulted in 1 400% more bacteria on the icing compared to when the candles were not blown out.
“Due to the transfer of oral bacteria to icing by blowing out birthday candles, the transfer of bacteria and other microorganisms from the respiratory tract of a person blowing out candles to food consumed by others is likely,” said the researchers on the study.
There is an alternative for those who think they won’t be able to let go of the tradition even after Covid-19 (if it will ever disappear) – transparent cake shields.
Remember that Covid-19 can spread by touching contaminated surfaces. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the shield.
Another alternative is to blow out a candle your individual pre-cut cake slice.
Making use of those of alternatives is part of the new normal probably until when or if we get a vaccine.
Don’t be a party pooper at your own birthday party.