By now, most of us know that the best way to stay safe and protect others during the COVID-19 pandemic is to just stay home. But we still need to take some essential trips out of the house for things like groceries and medications if delivery options are unavailable. To help you stay safe, we’ve rounded up some must-know grocery shopping tips for when the time comes to restock your home supplies. Remember, it’s best to stay home and avoid public spaces as much as possible, so avoid going to the store unless it’s an essential trip.
Feeling Sick? Stay Home
First thing’s first: If you feel even slightly ill, stay home! It’s not worth it to put others, and yourself, at greater risk by venturing outside of your apartment. Just stay inside.
Make A List
This isn’t the time to be heading to the grocery store without a game plan. You’ll want to make your outing as swift and seamless as possible, so plan your shopping ahead of time. Make a list of all necessary items before venturing to the store. Be sure to include everything you need so you won’t have to make any additional store visits.
Go During Off-Peak Hours
Try to visit the grocery store during off-peak hours. Early morning or later evening hours may be best, depending on your location. Be mindful of when vulnerable people need to shop, and avoid the store during those times. Some grocery stores are offering special hours for those who are at most risk, so check with the shop beforehand.
The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear a face mask when leaving their homes. Contrary to what some may believe, masks are primarily used as a way to protect others from getting the virus, though they may help protect yourself as well. Either way, it’s an important step you can take in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The internet is full of DIY mask tutorials, like this one on YouTube (no sewing required!).
Bring your hand sanitizer to the store, and use it generously after coming in contact with any surface. You may want to bring some sanitizing wipes as well to wipe down any grocery carts or baskets before and after you touch them.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Refrain from touching your face. This is important at all times, but it’s especially crucial while you’re shopping and coming into contact with surfaces that may be infected.
Keep Your Distance
While grocery shopping, remember to keep your distance from people. Maintain a distance of six feet apart from all other shoppers to keep yourself and everyone else as safe as possible.
Disinfect Your Goods
After you’ve finished your shopping, disinfect any surfaces that came in contact with your shopping bags. You can also wipe down the outsides of any jars, packaging and bottles, too. Here, the CDC offers a DIY cleaning solution you can make at home.
Wash Your Hands
Don’t forget to wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds once you’ve returned home from the store. This is the best thing you can do to keep yourself safe from the virus.