For all of us, going to the grocery store has been a more regular task as we level up our expertise in home-cooking. Yet there are concerns about how to better secure yourself and others during an ongoing pandemic.
KNOWING IF WE CAN TOUCH THE PRODUCTS IN THE STORE:
It is less of a concern to touch objects on the shelf than to hit high-touch surfaces. There is actually no evidence of the virus being spread by the packaging of produce or food. While tests have shown that the virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic, this is a controlled laboratory analysis that uses high amounts of infectious viruses. The same research, however, found that the same high infectious virus levels do not live well on surfaces.
IS IT NECESSARY TO SANITIZE YOUR FOOD EACH TIME YOU COME BACK HOME FROM A “SUPERMARKET NEARBY ME”?
No, you don’t need the food to be sanitized, because it can literally be harmful to do so. Chemicals and soaps that you might use are not licensed for food use, and we don’t know if they’re safe at all. Instead, under cold running water, wash your produce and dry it with a clean towel. You should not have to wait to unpack your groceries either. Simply wash your hand after unpacking it, instead.
IS WEARING GLOVES NECESSARY?
Wearing gloves in public is not advised, in part because they can help disperse germs. The hands of humans have a lot of microbial, built-in skin defenses. COVID-19 on gloves will largely live longer than it does on paws. Wearing gloves is recommended in some cases but not necessarily in the supermarket nearby you. For one, you should wear gloves and only take them off when you’re done or if you’re in touch with a surface that’s potentially contaminated. The best coronavirus preventive procedure is always hand washing.
IS WEARING A MASK HELPFUL?
Wearing a mask will help protect people from getting sick. You can have COVID-19 and not know it, so if you’re asymptomatic, wearing a mask can help protect you from transmitting the infection. It is also important to follow social distancing recommendations when shopping for groceries.