Not counting going to work, going out to buy groceries is one of the only actions that people have to continue doing outside the home in times of coronavirus. Unfortunately, supermarkets can be a source of contagion, so here are some tips to take care of yourself as much as possible.
- Use sanitizing gel when you get to the supermarket.
It is very possible that to get to the supermarket you have had to touch surfaces, open doors or press buttons. Therefore, since you are inside the enclosure and ready to make the purchase, it is recommended that you disinfect your hands with gel before starting to touch more things.
- Keep a distance of 2 meters with other people.
The healthy distance rule is one of the most effective ways to avoid massive infections. Try to never be closer than 2 meters away from others, to reduce the possibility of breathing particles with coronavirus that could remain in the air.
- If possible, use disposable gloves to take the products and a mask.
Disposable gloves are an excellent way to take care of your body when touching surfaces and products in the supermarket without having to disinfect your hands every 2 minutes. On the other hand, the mask can help reduce the risk of contagion, by avoiding in some way that you directly breathe coronavirus that is in the air.
- Touch only the products that you know you are going to buy.
Unfortunately, people tend to pick up a lot of products at the grocery store, whether it’s to read descriptions, see how they look up close, or, in the case of fruits, even see how they feel. However, handling is truly dangerous in times of coronavirus, so we recommend that you try to avoid it as much as possible. Just touch what you are sure you are going to wear.
- Do not touch your face during your stay at the supermarket.
The coronavirus can enter the human body through the mouth, nose and eyes, so in an uncertain environment like a supermarket, it is safest to avoid putting your hands as close to your face as possible. Avoid until you can wash them.
- Pay by card or, if possible, your cell phone.
Cash is usually useful in the supermarket, however at this time it is not recommended due to handling. A single card payment means that you touch fewer objects and receive no change, making it less likely that you will take the coronavirus back. A card payment or even with a cell phone are much safer measures.
- When you get home, wash your hands thoroughly, disinfect packaged goods, and wash fruits with soap.
If you have already made the pantry, the first thing you should do is wash your hands very well and make sure they are perfectly disinfected. Afterwards, you can continue disinfecting the plastic or packaged products with a spray and finally washing the organic products very carefully to clean any traces of bacteria or viruses.
- Disinfect the area where you placed the bags and dispose of them or put them in the washing machine.
Finally, disinfect the area or table where you put the bags and get rid of them if they are plastic or wash them if they are reusable. Thus, you ensure that everything that came with you from outside is completely clean and disinfected.
With these tips, the coronavirus has a much lower chance of infecting you, even when you venture to a place as dangerous as a supermarket.
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