20 May Tips to Keep Yourself Safe While Shopping During the Coronavirus Outbreak, Part II
In our last blog post, we talked about ideas for how to safely bag your groceries, along with best-practice tips for those who want to wear rubber gloves. Today, we wanted to talk about some of the other safety precautions you can take when you travel to the store or market.
Wear a cloth mask
Please, please, leave N95 masks for the healthcare workers. If you have a stockpile in your garage, consider donating them to local hospital, clinic or nursing home.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
The CDC now recommends that people who live in communities with high transmission rates and/or people who are going to places where maintaining social distancing could be a challenge (ie: the supermarket), wear cloth masks. If you don’t have a mask, the CDC is offering a tutorial of how to make a DIY cloth mask on their website.
Go shopping with a plan
We get that everyone has cabin fever- but now is not the time to take a leisurely stroll through the aisles of your friendly neighborhood Target. If you must indulge in some retail therapy, it’s likely a lot safer to do that online.
When you do go to the market, have an idea of what you’ll need to get you through the next few weeks. For example, if you’re fond of chicken and steak, consider picking up slightly more than you need, and freezing whatever portions you plan to save for later.
At the end of last month, we spoke to a woman who did a big-haul trip to her local butcher in the middle part of March. As of April 23, she said, she still had at least two weeks of frozen ground beef, chicken and steaks left in her fridge.
If you’re planning on freezing vegetables, keep in mind that some things keep better than others. For example- a whole spaghetti squash isn’t a great freezer item. On the other hand, homemade riced cauliflower can be frozen and stored for months, as long as its stored properly.
Wash your hands every time you get home
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth the honorable mention. When you get home, be sure to wash your hands for a good 20 second. When you’re done, wipe down the soap dispenser and the faucet handles.
Do you have other safety tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments.