How to Grocery Shop Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This week, KMC Clinic would like to discuss how grocery stores workers are not immune to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, and with supermarkets essential businesses that remain open during other shutdown, members of the community are concerned. Despite the stay-at-home orders, we all need to venture out from time to time to get our essential items. Whether you need to get the baby formula, to stock up on kitchen goods, or to snag a package of vegetables, you will likely need to brave the store at some point.
We share some tips for safe grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Minimize the number of trips. Maybe you despise grocery shopping or maybe you secretly love it. Whatever you prefer, you should be limiting how often you go. Weekly or every other week is best, but you shouldn’t be going every day. Use your trips wisely and to purchase essential items that you need. Remember, every time you go into a store it’s exposure to an enclosed space, which is a breeding ground for the virus.
- Wear a face-covering & don’t touch your face! Wearing a face mask protects other people from you and vice versa.
- Designate one person to a grocery shop. If you can, limit one person to do the grocery shopping in your house.
- You really don’t need to wear gloves. Unfortunately, many people don’t wear or dispose of gloves correctly, which defeats the whole purpose of wearing them. Cross-contamination and self-contamination happen easily when wearing gloves.
- Limit the surfaces you touch. Now’s not the time to be picking through every piece of produce or digging in clearance bins. Take note of the items you’re shopping for, carefully look for them and try to only touch what you need.
- Shop quickly & be efficient. Know what items you need before heading into the store. This way you have a plan and aren’t just perusing the aisles aimlessly, which can increase your exposure.
- Know the real danger. Experts agree that coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. With that being said, focus on maintaining at least six feet between you and other people and be mindful when someone is in the same aisle as you.