Tips to Keep Yourself Safe While Shopping During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe While Shopping During the Coronavirus Outbreak

It wasn’t all that long ago that a trip to the store or market was just that- a trip to the store.

Now, unfortunately, it feels like we practically need to put on a hazmat suit every time we leave the house. And while sheltering-in-place has become the new normal, that’s not to say that everyone can always avoid leaving their house.

Eggs break, pasta gets used and milk runs out.

If you do find yourself in a place where you need to go out in public, the following tips can help keep you safe.

Don’t automatically assume that rubber gloves protect you from everything

People who have been lucky enough to find (and buy) a box of rubber gloves should know that they’re not a be-all-end-all solution to their problems. If you touch an unclean surface while wearing gloves, you’ll still transfer germs from item A to item B every time you touch something.

For example, if you’re in the market and you’ve been adding boxes of pasta and canned soup to your cart, and your cell phone rings, you may want to think twice about picking up the call. Why? Because if you touch your cell phone (and you proceed to put your cell phone up against your face), both your phone and you, run risk of being cross contaminated.

If you have rubber gloves, you should definitely wear them, but you should still be mindful of the surfaces you’re touching.

Consider leaving your reusable grocery bags in your car

Using a reusable bag is good, but leaving it in your car, until you’re ready to bag your groceries, is better.

For example, one couple we spoke with does their shopping as a team. After they scan all of their grocery items, they put each item back into the cart. When they get to their car, one person wipes down each item with a disinfectant wipe, and the other person places the clean items into one of the reusable grocery bags they keep in the trunk of their car.

When they get home, after they de-bag their groceries, their bags get laundered.

Final thoughts

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to getting back to pre-coronavirus times, when going to the market, store and beach were all just “normal things.” Yet until the scientists are able to come up with a better treatment, vaccine, or cure, we’ll all need to do our best to stay healthy and safe.