Coronavirus is spreading all over the world. Some office workers have started to work from home, while some people still have to go out to work. Either way, everyone has to eat, and most people still frequent the supermarket for food.
1. Avoid direct contact with objects and others
When shopping for vegetables, fruits, and meat products, using disposable gloves can help prevent direct contact with possible fomites until the actual product or packaging can be washed. Bringing personal shopping bags will also help prevent interpersonal contact with staff members.
2. Cut down on the number of times you shop
Supermarkets post notices at the entrances, stairways, elevators and other prominent places to remind staff and customers to wear masks, wash their hands, and follow instructions. You should try to reduce the number of times you to go to the supermarket (and go out in general). Pre-plan meals as much as you can and try to shop for two weeks at a time. Buying food that doesn't perish quickly can help a lot.
You can also reduce their number of trips to the supermarket by shopping from online supermarket delivery services.
3. Wear a mask
If you go to the supermarket, take precautions to prevent virus contraction and transmission. Wearing a mask and protective eyewear are a must.
4. Keep your distance from others
Don't create crowds inside the store. Be respectful of everyone's personal space by keeping at least 1 meter away from people. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow.
5. Disinfect after shopping
Coronavirus can theoretically survive on fruit, vegetables, and meat for up to 48 hours. Therefore, any food that can be washed in the sink should be done so as soon as possible. Any food packaging should also be wiped with disinfectant wipes.
Be careful not to apply disinfectant to any food surfaces that will ultimately be consumed. Consuming disinfectant poses a different series of potential medical problems that no one wants to deal with.
Be sure to wash your hands immediately when you come back from the supermarket, and don't touch your face or other parts of your body with your hands during or after shopping in the supermarket. Try to touch as little objects in your home, including door handles and electrical switches, before thoroughly washing your hands.
6. Finally, and more importantly, try not to go out.
When you go out shopping, you must pay attention to the above points, not only to protect yourself, but also to protect others. Take preventative measures when shopping and going out in general.
Ultimately, not going out is the top preventative against contracting the virus and the most important contribution you can make to help end this pandemic as soon as possible.
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