Stay healthy while grocery shopping
Avoiding germs is always a good idea, but never before has it seemed so important than right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, keeping yourself protected against the coronavirus could be a matter of life and death, which is why people are being more careful than ever before when they do basic day-to-day activities like going grocery shopping. “It used to be seen as a mundane weekly errand, but has become a task that requires more thought and preparation during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis,” explains Dr Lisa Larkin. The good news is that there are steps you can take to avoid germs and reduce your risk of infection or infecting others during this time. Read on for tips to shop for your groceries in as safe a manner as possible.
Go at times of the day when it’s less busy
You might not be a morning person, but going to the grocery store bright and early when they’re just opening might be your best option. “By avoiding large groups of people, you decrease your risk of becoming infected, as the virus is mainly spread through close contact with other people,” says Dr Jonas Nilsen. In addition, many stores sanitise overnight, so the environment, in general, is less germy. Many stores are also offering special morning hours where only senior citizens are allowed to shop – call ahead to find out if your regular grocery store is offering these.
Sanitise your shopping cart or basket
Studies suggest that COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to a few days, so wipe down the handles of shopping carts or baskets with a sanitising wipe. Some shops provide wipes, but not all do, especially during this time of shortages, so it’s best to bring your own. Dr Larkin also suggests bringing extra wipes for opening freezer and refrigerator door handles and sanitising your hands throughout the shopping experience.