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8 Essential Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

After months of battling with the novel coronavirus, some countries and places now have lower cases of the virus and have started to reopen some establishments and public areas. However, some places are experiencing a resurgence of reported cases. Y

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

After months of battling with the novel coronavirus, some countries and places now have lower cases of the virus and have started to reopen some establishments and public areas. However, some places are experiencing a resurgence of reported cases. Yes, researchers are working on a vaccine for COVID-19, but we cannot just do nothing to protect ourselves while waiting for the vaccine. The greatest way to prevent catching the virus is to avoid exposure to the virus, which means having to stay home and practice social distancing. I know what you are thinking. What if you need to get some essential items from grocery stores? We cannot just sit at home without food and medicine, right? We still need to go out. So how to protect yourself while running errands and grocery shopping during the pandemic? Here are some tips to stay safe while you are buying necessities.

Limit the number of trips to the store.

Yes, we need to go to the store for important items such as food and medicine, but be sure to limit how often you go. Once a week or every other week is okay. Make sure you go to the store for really essential items. Going out to buy a chocolate bar because you are craving does not sound essential, does it? Make it a habit to write down all the things you need to purchase in the store so you know exactly what to get, and you avoid forgetting some items and going back.

Shop alone as much as possible.

Every time you visit a grocery store or any establishment is exposure to the virus. Do not double that risk. Shop alone if possible so you can also help lessen the number of people inside a store. I am sure you do not want any of your family members to be exposed to COVID-19 too.

Always wear a face covering.

Protect yourself from other people and protect other people from you by wearing a face covering every time you go out. You can use a surgical mask or cloth mask. Many people are being creative by sewing their own cloth masks. You can also do that or just create one from a scarf or bandana. There are some video tutorials on YouTube about DIY face masks. Just be sure they can cover your nose and mouth and wash the cloth masks routinely.

Avoid touching surfaces and other items.

Try to only touch what you are getting. Also, it is safe to wipe down your cart before you shop. Remember that you are not the first one to touch a shopping cart, so it is recommended to wipe it down before using it. You can use alcohol-based disinfectant wipes that contain 70% alcohol.

Always follow social distancing guidelines.

We probably memorize by now that keeping at least six feet from other shoppers is a must. Not all stores enforce the policy of allowing only a certain number of shoppers inside the store at once, so expect that there may be crowded stores in your area even though many people are staying at the comfort of their home.

Shop quickly.

If you made a list of all the things you need to purchase, it means you know what items to pick once you are in the store. Shop quickly to avoid increasing your exposure.

Grab items that are located on the back of the shelf.

I know you, too, believe that items placed on the back of the shelf likely have not been touched as much compared to those in front. So go for those items. Use your arm to slide the items in front to the side, or just reach through the gap. Be sure not to use your hands to touch the items in front.

If possible, opt for delivery services.

We mentioned at the beginning to minimize the number of trips to the store. Well, you can limit the amount of time spent outside by having your grocery items delivered right in your doorstep. Find out if your grocery store offers mobile ordering and delivery or pick-up services to help lessen the number of shoppers inside the stores and decrease your exposure to the virus.

Pandemic or not, we need our essentials. Following the basic safety measures and taking the tips we shared above will provide you a safer experience when shopping for grocery items.

Find more helpful advice on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic by checking out Cleaning Corona.