How can I protect myself when grocery shopping?

Consumers should first evaluate their own risk level for catching the virus before deciding to visit a grocery store.

Those who are highly immunosuppresed, have cancer, are on certain medications or are over the age of 65, should consider other options such as buying online or having someone else shop for them.

  • Before visiting the store, shoppers should also have a solid plan of what they’re going to buy and prioritize what they need.
  • People should try to think in terms of buying at least two weeks’ worth so they can minimize the number of trips that they’re actually taking to the grocery store.
  • If possible, children should not be taken on shopping trips and should remain at home.
  • Wear a face mask. Face masks should always be put on and taken off with clean hands in order to prevent cross-contamination.
  • During a grocery trip, shoppers should think about what they touch in the store.
  • Shoppers should avoid touching their faces after using a credit card machine and even use a hand sanitizer immediately after.
  • Take off your shoes when you get home. Your shoes may have picked up the virus from the ground.
  • The sooner you can get to the sink and wash your hands with soap and water, the better.
  • Wipe down groceries with an alcohol-based spray once they’re brought inside as the virus typically lives for 24 hours on plastic and cardboard surfaces.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables. Rinse them clean.
  • Wash your hands again.

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