Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How to Avoid Germs When Grocery Shopping, According to Consumer Reports

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Stay healthy while grocery shopping

Avoiding germs is always a good idea, but never before has it seemed so important than right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, keeping yourself protected against the coronavirus could be a matter of life and death, which is why people are being more careful than ever before when they do basic day-to-day activities like going grocery shopping. "It used to be seen as a mundane weekly errand, but has become a task that requires more thought and preparation during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis," explains Lisa Larkin, MD, an internal medicine physician in Cincinnati, Ohio and founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine. The good news is that there are steps you can take to avoid germs and reduce your risk of infection or infecting others during this time. Read on for tips to shop for your groceries in as safe a manner as possible.
  • Go at times of day when it's less busy
  • Sanitize your shopping cart or basket
  • Avoid touching your face while shopping
  • Stay six feet away as you navigate the aisles
  • Be kind to others
  • Bring disposable gloves for checkout
  • Avoid paying with cash
  • Sanitize your hands
  • Leave bags outside upon returning home
  • Consaider delivery of pick-up
  • Clean packaging and fresh produce (see this post for detailed instructions/examples)
Get all the details in Jenn Sinrich's article at

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