How to Shop Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the once-easy task of grocery shopping can cause anxiety. New York magazine has compiled the following tips from infectious disease experts to enable you to shop safely.

  • Avoid going in a store at all. If possible, arrange for delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Go early. Head over at a time when there’s unlikely to be a lot of people there.
  • Remember social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from other shoppers.
  • Seek out stores that limit the people inside. Fewer people encourages social distancing.
  • Avoid buffets of prepared foods. You don’t know who coughed near those items.
  • Think twice before wearing gloves. Gloves prevent contact with germy surfaces but can create a false sense of security; considering washing hands or hand-sanitizing instead.
  • Use wipes. Think about wiping down containers you get from the grocery store, depending on how at-risk you believe yourself to be.
  • Order from local restaurants. Use no-contact delivery. Standard food safety practices and keeping sick employees home should decrease risk to you.
  • Be cautious with boxes. While contents of online orders are generally safe, remember the virus could live up to 24 hours on cardboard.