6 Tips For Safe Grocery Shopping During COVID-19 Pandemic
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For many of us, grocery shopping is when we will come into contact with the highest number of people during the pandemic. The more people we encounter, the higher the risk of virus transmission. So, how do we keep safe when going to the shops?
To become infected, a person needs to be exposed to a certain number of virus particles, but we do not yet know exactly what this number is for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You can be exposed to the virus by breathing it in, or by touching something with viral particles on it, and transferring it to your mouth, nose, or eyes.
For a while, shopping for food was one of the only reasons you could leave your home under lockdown. Even though you can do much more outside now, you should still take every precaution when you do go to the supermarket to keep yourself, other shoppers and the store staff safe.
Here are some tips to keep you safe when going to supermaket during pandemic:
Clear your hand
If you don't have gloves, make sure to sanitize your hands often in case you accidentally touch your face. That doesn't mean you have to apply hand gel after each item you touch, but it's a good practice to do so when you leave the store.
Once you have checked out and left the shop, remove your gloves and dispose of them if you were wearing them. Otherwise, you can wash your hands in the shop toilets or use hand sanitiser with between 60-95% alcohol. Then you can load the shopping in the car and head home.
When you get home, you should give your hands a wash before you unpack the shopping. You can remove outer packaging from some products and dispose of it, though it’s unlikely that the surface of any products will be covered with enough virus to cause an infection.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw used tissues in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
Remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing before touching the items.
The CDC and WHO recommend that people wear cloth face coverings in public when social distancing is difficult. This advice is based on evidence that people with COVID-19 can transmit the virus before they realize they have it.
Using masks in public may help reduce the spread from people who don't have symptoms. Non-medical cloth masks are recommended for the public. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers.
Maintain your 6-foot bubble
While waiting to grab something in an aisle, wait until the other person has moved past what you're after. Not only does it help you follow the rules of social distancing, but the person will also appreciate that you're not hovering over them while they try to find what they need.
Also, when you're checking out, keep the six-foot distance between yourself and other shoppers. You should also try to use the self-checkouts when possible, too, so that you can worry less about someone standing too close.
Only buy what you need
The temptation to panic shop and stock up on supplies is strong in times of uncertainty, but not very helpful. Hoarding has caused temporary shortages of certain products, like toilet paper and frozen peas. That isn't fair to the community, or to you when it's your turn to replace an item you legitimately need.
Some stores are limiting the number of items you can buy. If yours isn't, consider what you actually need. The supply will return.
Eat healthy foods that boosting your immune system
Healthy foods give your body the strength it needs to fight off disease. Experts recommend including plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. This provides essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. For the biggest impact, try to mix it up and incorporate a wide variety of fruits and veggies such as pears, apples, berries, cabbage, broccoli and leafy greens.
Everyone needs to raise the sense of responsibility for the community, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and service areas to contribute to the prevention of COVID-19.
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 , call your primary care provider and discuss symptoms before visiting a healthcare facility, or book online video doctors visit/ telehealth consultations through mobile app Medihome or call healthline 19009204 in Vietnam.
Medihome is one of the best-known telehealth providers that allows patients to receive medical advice and instructions at home by providing them with a platform to connect with real doctors.
Users can make health-related inquiries, look up medications, and search for the nearest clinics and pharmacies at the comfort of their own home.
For patients who prefer to see their
doctor in person, Dr.Binh Tele_Clinic is always open and continue to welcome patients for their appointments. The health care organization is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization, MOH of Vietnam in the care of patients.