Harvard : Grocery Shopping Safety During COVID-19

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health just shared some advice on grocery shopping safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many are common sense advice, but it pays to read through, and remind ourselves of what we need to stay protected from SARS-CoV-2.


COVID-19 | SARS-CoV-2 : A Quick Explainer

First of all, we should clarify that SARS-CoV-2 is the official name of 2019-nCoV, in recognition of how closely it resembles the SARS virus, genetically.

The disease it causes is called COVID-19, which is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019.

COVID-19 should be used when you refer to the disease, and SARS-CoV-2 when referring to the virus. But for ease of understanding, we may use COVID-19 coronavirus to replace SARS-CoV-2.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

Coronavirus generic


Harvard : Grocery Shopping Safety During COVID-19

The COVID-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is mainly spread by respiratory droplets, but can survive for some time on surfaces.

The greatest risk of picking up the COVID-19 coronavirus is from TOUCHING a shopping trolley or basket, because the virus can survive on hard surfaces like steel or plastic for up to 3 days.

Harvard : Grocery Shopping Safety During COVID-19

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recommends that you :

  • bring a hand sanitiser to sanitise your car door handles or any handles that you may touch
  • wipe down all surfaces of the trolley or basket, and discard the wipe immediately,
  • bring and use a pair of disposable gloves, before touching the trolley or basket,
  • try to maintain a distance of 6 feet (1.5 metres) or more, from other shoppers,
  • try to shop during off-peak hours to avoid crowds, and
  • bring and use your own reusable shopping bags if possible

They also suggest that you can offer to bag your own groceries, or use the self-checkout lanes, to reduce contact.

But if you use the self-checkout lane, please make sure you wipe down the barcode scanner, touchscreen, and/or conveyor belt… or use disposable gloves.

Finally, when you get home, you should wash your hands thoroughly with clean water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.


Recommended Reading


Support Us!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!


Post your comments here

About The Author

Related posts


  1. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 2031 Cases, 235 New, 4 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  2. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 2320 Cases, 159 New, 1 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  3. Pingback: Can COVID-19 Spread Through Fruits & Vegetables? | Tech ARP

  4. Pingback: COVID-19 Found On Fruits & Vegetables Hoax Debunked! | The Rojak Pot

  5. Pingback: MAEPS Converted Into 500-Bed COVID-19 Hospital | The Rojak Pot

  6. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 2470 Cases, 150 New, 7 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  7. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 2766 Cases, 140 New, 6 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  8. Pingback: 600-Bed MAEPS COVID-19 Hospital : An Inside Look! | The Rojak Pot

  9. Pingback: Did This Malaysian Student Die From COVID-19 In London? | Rojak Pot

  10. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 3116 Cases, 208 New, 5 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  11. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 2908 Cases, 142 New, 2 More Dead | Rojak Pot

  12. Pingback: Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) : SMS Scam Alert | The Rojak Pot

  13. Pingback: COVID-19 in Malaysia : 3333 Cases, 217 New, 3 More Dead | Rojak Pot

Have something to say? Share it with us!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: