Follow these tips to protect yourself from the coronavirus when you go shopping
Since the Peruvian Government declared our country in a state of emergency due to the Covid-19 crisis, measures have been promoted to the population to prevent the spread of this virus, including not leaving home, only for reasons of force majeure and exclusively to make purchases.
Despite the fact that food chains have taken precautionary measures to avoid possible contagions, there is a high probability of becoming an infectious focus if we do not take the necessary preventive measures when shopping, which is why many people still They have doubts about how to avoid getting infected when going to the supermarket.
To begin, it is essential that you know that we are talking about a virus that is transmitted mainly by the respiratory route or by contact, as explained by the World Health Organization (WHO)
Transmission can occur directly through droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs and has close contact with other people. And indirectly, when a person has contact with surfaces or objects that the infected person has used and then they touch their eyes, nose or mouth (contact transmission).
Now that you know how the virus is transmitted, it is essential that you take protective measures to avoid contagion, for this we have compiled the following tips so that you take into account when going out to shop and can protect your family.
The goal is to spend as little time as possible away from home. That is why it is important to plan your needs so that you only have to make the purchase once a week. This will expose you less to the risk of contagion from Covid-19.
To do this, we recommend that you prepare a list of all the products that you will need and, if possible, the quantity needed for the entire week, this way you can save time and money when going to the supermarket.
Secondly, it is very important to decide when we are going to go shopping, remember that some supermarket hours may have changed. However, the best thing to do is to do the shopping either first thing in the day or when most of the customers have left.
2. Protect yourself
It is important to be protected when leaving the house and even more so when making your purchases, so the supermarket is one of the places where there is a greater influx of people and the level of contagion is higher, which is why recommends wearing a mask at all times as this aside from protecting you will serve as a reminder to avoid touching your face.
It is also recommended to use disposable gloves to touch the fruits and vegetables both for your own safety and that of other consumers. If in case you can’t get gloves, a faster solution is to use a plastic bag from the same supermarket as gloves. It is important not to take them off during the purchase and, when you get home, throw them away and then wash your hands very well.
3. Keep distance
Social distancing is the most effective measure to avoid contagion, so it is important to keep the safety distance as a minimum, one and a half meters from people who are in the establishment. If you don’t know how to measure it, do so by staying about five steps away from each individual.
If it is a small establishment, we must enter one by one and wait for our turn at the door, always keeping that safe distance, to avoid the crowds inside.
Remember, if you see a hallway where there are a lot of people, try to do your shopping in other areas of the store first and come back later to avoid crowds.
4. Beware of carts and baskets
Avoid using the supermarket trolleys as they pass through numerous hands and are a potential source of contagion, so it is advisable to bring your own bags.
Once at home, discard them or leave them in the recycling area. If we use cloth bags, once you have made the purchases, remember to put them in the washing machine with a little bleach. Of course, do not forget to wash your hands before and after doing it.
In case you get to use the trolleys do not forget to bring sanitary wipes or disinfectant gel to clean the handlebar to the basket, as well as all areas that are touched frequently.
5. Way to pay
It is best to use a credit or debit card or pay by phone as recommended by experts, since coins and banknotes are passed from hand to hand, which could become a possible route of transmission of the coronavirus now. This can survive for approximately four hours on coins.
If you take these recommendations into account, you will not only be protecting yourself, but also the cashier’s staff who expose themselves to the public on a daily basis and assume a higher risk of contagion. Don’t forget to be nice to them and thanking them for their work may not improve their day, but it will let them know that we value the work they are doing.
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