Grocery shopping, while a necessity, has become one of the most worrying activities in our daily lives. From the crowd that is sometimes inevitable to the worries surrounding what we should and shouldn’t touch, the likelihood of a coronavirus infection seems to be enormous. We can all breathe a sigh of relief, however, as the CDC has provided clear, instructive safety instructions that we can follow to ensure we’re always as safe as possible. go out shopping.
As the CDC is learning more about the nature of COVID-19 and how it spreads among the population, their guidelines on the potential ways you could get sick and how to protect yourself are constantly being updated. To compile all this information, government agencies have compiled a useful guide to Tips to follow when shopping for groceries so you are aware of the main source of transmission and how to protect yourself.
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The most recent CDC guidelines warn about one major way coronavirus infection is
When shopping for groceries, there are many potential sources of COVID-19 that you should be aware of. In particular, there is one thing that many of us worry about: touching food and food packaging.
At the onset of a pandemic, many of us were concerned about picking up coronavirus from food packaging. Staying away from others is one thing, but how do you protect yourself from the invisible virus that can live on almost any object you come into contact with?
Fear raised when a study was in New England Journal of Medicine found that the coronavirus can persist on certain surfaces for days. However, the study notes that there is no conclusive evidence that people can get infected with the virus this way.
However, now the CDC has stated that “the risk of [COVID-19] Infections from food products, food packaging or bags are thought to be low. “(That being said, scientists will take a closer look at how food and food packaging can contribute to spread.)
That applies to food and food products, but what about everything else you find at the grocery store? According to Dr. Erin DiCaprio, a UC Davis food virologist, it’s more important to have it right focus on avoiding more contact surfaces like door handles and credit card machines compared to tomatoes in the production section.
Touching surfaces or objects is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads, but the CDC made it clear that “it is possible that a person can become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that contains the virus, and then it touches their mouth, nose or possibly eyes. “
CDC’s guidance to grocery or grocery retailers still encourages employees to minimize cash handling, wipe counters between each customer at checkout, and ask customers to use payment options. no need to touch.
This is the most likely way you will get a virus
CDC and WHO have agreed that The main way you can get coronavirus is through person-to-person contact. Here are the ways in which you are most likely to get a virus:
Close contact with another person (closer than six feet).
Through respiratory tract droplets are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
If these drops get into someone else’s mouth or nose, or if they’re inhaled.
The CDC notes that COVID-19 can be spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads. This conclusion mainly comes from epidemiological data – tracking the ways in which the majority of infected people have been infected.
What does that mean?
It means you still need to practice good hygiene and safety practices and avoid heavy contact surfaces—Especially when you go out in crowded places like grocery stores. The most important precaution is wearing a mask and always keeping a safe social distance from others. Continue to wash your hands often and be careful of skin contact. However, you can eliminate some of the worries surrounding cleaning up your grocery store – not only unnecessary, but can also be dangerous.
How to protect yourself when shopping
The FDA has shared tips on important things to keep in mind the next time you need to buy groceries:
Bring your own towel or use the one provided by the store to wipe and Handles disinfection of a shopping cart or cart.
Prepare a shopping list in advance.
Go in for hours when there will be fewer people there.
Wear a face mask or mask when you are inside the store.
Practice away from society when shopping.
Use hand sanitizer after leaving the store.
Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds when you get home and again after you store your groceries.
The CDC adds that you can further protect yourself from coronavirus by “limiting your visit to groceries or other stores that sell essential appliances. In general, the more closely you interact with people. The risk of the spread of COVID-19, and the longer that interaction is, Order groceries and other items online for home delivery or curbside pick-up (if possible) or check with the store Check out your local groceries to see if there are pre-order or drive-up options. ”Check out these 6 new grocery shopping tips you need to follow to learn how to protect yourself.
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