How to Stay Safe Grocery Shopping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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How to Stay Safe Grocery Shopping

Grocery stores are one of the few businesses that are able to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. Even though you’re able to get out of the house and go shopping, you still need to be cautious. We’ve put together tips and tricks to keep you and your family safe while food shopping!

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Plan Your Visit Beforehand

In the past, many people have gone out food shopping with other members of their family and have taken the time to do some impulsive shopping. With this major health risk at hand, planning your visit before you step into the supermarket will limit your exposure. Instead of going through every aisle and looking at all options of food you can buy, go through your kitchen at home and make a list of the things you need. Making a list will allow you to know exactly what you’re looking for and will make it easier for you to get in and out as fast as possible.

When you know you have to go to grocery shopping, you also should plan to go during off-peak times when you know that fewer people will be out. Whether you choose to go early in the morning or right before they close, this helps with social distancing that the CDC is recommending.

How to Protect Yourself in the Store

The CDC is now recommending people wear either basic cloth or fabric masks while in public spaces in order to protect themselves. Although wearing masks is voluntary, it is a good idea to wear while at a grocery store. Many people are going in and out of the store each day and you will be coming in close contact with others when trying to go through aisles and waiting in lines to check out. 

When it comes to wearing gloves out in public, Karen Hoffmann, a registered nurse and the immediate past president of The Association for Professionals in Infection Control in Epidemiology tells CNBC that gloves could actually do more harm than good.

Experts have said that germs and bacteria actually stay on gloves longer than it would on people’s hands. “Unless you’re really experienced with putting gloves on and off, you may actually contaminate your hands more and therefore get a false sense of security,” Hoffmann said. Other extra measures to take while shopping is wiping down handles of shopping carts before using them, as well as using credit or debit cards instead of cash when you go to pay.

How to Handle Food

Even though the FDA says there is no current evidence to say the virus can be passed through food packaging, some people are still concerned. Containers such as glass and cans can be wiped down with disinfecting wipes to make you feel more comfortable and protected. If you choose not to wipe down your containers, make sure to always wash your hands after putting them away. 

How to Handle Deliveries

If you’re still uncomfortable going out in public and you rather have your groceries delivered, make sure that you are having an “interactionless” delivery. Avoid direct handoff with the people who are dropping off the food to you. Arrange to have your items delivered to your doorstep or a place nearby that you can pick it up. If you’re using a delivery service online, it is better to tip the delivery person online via an app instead of giving them a cash tip. 

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