• Kim Bresseleers

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Safe grocery shopping

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we are all staying home these days. But to get food at home, you still have to go to the supermarket. Therefore, apply these tips as much as possible to prevent contamination.

No matter how hard you try to postpone, someday you have to go to the supermarket to get food. A place where many people come and so the risk of contamination exists.

As a measure, supermarkets only allow a limited number of people to enter at the same time. It is also often mandatory to take a (disinfected) shopping cart, in order to guarantee the social distance of 1,5 meters.

Because people in supermarkets often touch, pick up and move products, you should take a few extra measures to prevent contamination through your groceries.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after shopping.

  • Only touch the products that you buy. Treat any surface as if it might be contaminated: touch as little as possible and avoid touching your face with your hands when shopping. This makes the chance of infection very small.

  • Keep a safe distance, at least 1.5 meters, also at the cash register.

  • Pay by debit. Avoid cash for safety for you and the cashier.

  • Peel your vegetables and fruit, or wash them well under running water, especially if you eat them raw. If you cook them, possible viruses are killed anyway.

  • If you really want to be careful, leave packaged products for 72 hours before using them, or clean the packaging with soap and water.

Because you come into contact with fewer people, many people regularly choose to pick up their groceries or have them delivered at home. Obviously, this entails less risk than a visit to the supermarket, because a possible contamination can then only come from the packaging or from the delivery person.

Most home delivery services take this into account and have introduced deliveries without contact. This means that the delivery person puts your order on the floor, rings the doorbell and then takes a few steps back. It is no longer necessary to sign for receipt.

The risk of contamination is also very small with takeaway food. Restaurants usually maintain strict hygiene, so that the greatest risk is more likely to be in the presence of other customers. So keep distance.

The risk of contamination from the packaging can be avoided by scooping the contents - with a fork or spoon, not with your hands - into a clean plate and then throwing away the packaging and washing your hands thoroughly.

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