Coronavirus: five tips for shopping safely


In the midst of the expansion of the coronavirus in Argentina, and the reinforcement of measures by the Government to contain the outbreak, long lines began to be seen in wholesale supermarkets Y crowded gondolas of people.

But, taking into account that covid-19 propagates, fundamentally, through droplets in the air, and the social distancing, Can shopping be counterproductive? Five tips to keep in mind when choosing products and taking care of yourself.

Experts say there is no need to stock up for more than two weeks. (Photo: EFE).

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Because tips on handwashing and personal disinfection came early, the first products to run out of drugstores and supermarkets were disinfectants for hands, wipes, products of cleaning, alcohol gel and for some reason toilet paper in excess.

Experts assure that it is a unnecessary storage which also leads to the needs of rationing from stores and limits the amount of certain items that people can buy.

2- Avoid crowded large premises

Crowded places would have a increased risk of infectionsimply due to number of people and density. One way to avoid some of this risk is to go odd hours or frequent less popular or smaller stores.

Avoiding large crowded supermarkets is essential for social distancing. (Photo: EFE).
Avoiding large crowded supermarkets is essential for social distancing. (Photo: EFE).

3- Prioritize the purchase of essential non-perishable products

As for what to stock up on during the coronavirus outbreak, experts recommend having around two weeks of essentials (no need to store). Some non-perishable or longer-lasting items than usual, such as canned food, noodles, rice, an extra bag of frozen vegetables.

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Because covid-19 is from a family of viruses most likely disabled by contact with soap and water, washing fruits and vegetables should eliminate it. In addition, it is essential to also clean this type of food well to remove any pesticide that may have been left.

For products of hard skin, rub the skins or peels with a soft bristled vegetable brush, with dish or hand soap and warm water. For other types of products, including green leafy vegetables, soak them in soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse well.

5- Clean non-food products

While hay more risk of transmission from person to person that by touching products in the gondolas, there is a risk that the virus will remain on the surfaces (if someone with the virus sneezed, coughed or spread infected respiratory droplets), and the survival time varies with each one. So it is important the cleaning upon return with purchases: a simple touch with soap and water It can kill the coronavirus by tearing at its outer barrier.

It is recommended to use soap to wash plastic, glass and metal dishes before putting them away. Specialists also recommend washing your hands thoroughly after storing all packages, including boxes and paper bags.