Safe Shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do things Despite this, shopping for groceries and other household items is necessary.. Questions that haunt us are all about SAFETY and RISK – How much should I buy? Where to buy – Online or retail? Time to go for shopping? Leisurely shopping is not desirable in the near future.
Shopping, a stress buster for many has actually become a stressful chore as coming into contact with someone infected with COVID-19 is the main risk when out shopping.
Before we start with the list, the Golden Rules to keep in mind before going out are:
- Do not go out shopping if feeling unwell.
- Only go shopping if it is essential to do so this way the risk of getting COVID-19 are reduced.
To reduce risk of catching or spreading the virus should include:
- Prepare a shopping list in advance. Plan such that the needs for the next 1 to 2 weeks- are covered in one visit.
- Avoid peak times. Try and go at a lean time to avoid rush this way you can ensure limited contact with crowd.
- Wear a face covering or mask while in the market. Always carry a small bottle of sanitizer and use it frequently.
- Carry own wipes, or use one provided by the store to wipe down the handles of the shopping cart or basket. Reusable shopping bags must be cleaned or washed before each use.
- Practice social distancing – keeping at least 6 feet distance with other shoppers, and store employees.
- Pay by card instead of cash – contactless payment reduce risk of infection. Cash handling risk is low, only if you clean your hands after handling cash.
- While coughing or sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve.
- Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds on reaching home.
Food is a source of comfort, as well as nourishment – especially now – and we hope this little piece of advice will help in continuing to buy groceries with care and confidence.
- There is no evidence of food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19. However, wipe product packaging and allow it to air dry, as an extra precaution.
- When unpacking groceries, refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and other perishables—like berries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms—within 2 hours of purchasing.
- Always keep in mind the basic 4 food safety steps —Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.
Do keep the above pointers in mind before and while out shopping. Be safe and keep reading for more….