All of us are following safety protocols due to the spread of Coronavirus. We are staying home, limiting travels, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing. But nobody says too much about managing food and nutrition. In this article, we will try to discuss food safety and management amidst the global pandemic.
How To Safely Grocery Shop
One of the great news during this pandemic situation is that most experts think that Coronavirus does not spread through food. But despite that, the virus lives on surfaces, which we might potentially get into contact with. Some of the possibilities of transferring the virus are from grabbing the boxes off of the shelf, holding the cart handle from the store, bagging the items, and paying through dollar bills. And because the virus can still live on surfaces, bringing it home from the store is incredibly high. So to reduce that risk, here are a few things we can do.
Shop Less Often – Shopping is essential because we need supplies in our daily lives. However, due to the fast spread of the virus, we must limit our contact with the public. Therefore, it would be much better to purchase at least two weeks’ worth of groceries at a time. And if possible, we should consider our groceries to get delivered. That way, we won’t have to expose ourselves to the crowd. If in case we need to go to the store for any reason, we can try and go early to avoid crowds. For unfortunate instances that we have a high-risk medical condition, it is better to ask a friend a favor to do the shopping for us.
Practice Social Distancing – Grocery stores, though they are still essential during this pandemic time, are a place that can also expose people to the Coronavirus infection. That is because of the possible asymptomatic cases that are hard to detect. With that, it is vital to distance ourselves no matter what. If possible, we should stay 6 feet away from others. That is about the length of two shopping carts.
Never Touch The Face – No matter what happens, it is crucial not to touch the face while shopping. Since we probably have touched a lot of things in the grocery store, we should not put our hands anywhere our faces. If in case we need to scratch or remove something from it, we have to sanitize first and use a clean sanitizing tissue or wipes. Aside from that, we always need to wear a mask. But note, the mask must be placed in a position where it covers the whole area of the mouth and nose. Also, as soon as we can, we need to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. It goes before and after handling purchased items in the grocery store.
Toss And Wash Items – Paper and plastic bags from the store should be tossed out in the garbage. If it is not a hassle, we need to take items out of the box they come in and discard the box after, such as cereals and others alike. For produce, we need to wash it thoroughly with water or produce cleaner. We need to avoid using chemicals or household cleaners on food.
In the best of times, good hygiene is the key to avoiding infectious diseases. And right now, it is the most important thing we need to focus on. We have to do our best to shop safely so that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones at home.