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.

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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.

 

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