By now, we’re all across the physical distancing and hygiene recommendations necessary to minimise the risk of COVID-19: stay home; wash hands regularly; limit public gatherings to two people; avoid hard, frequently touched surfaces, and so on.
Tricky, though, when you need groceries. You know, given that the supermarket is… elsewhere, full of people and has many, many hard, frequently touched surfaces.
So what can you do to help keep yourself and the community healthy when you eventually have to head out for supplies?
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What should I do before I leave the house?
Most importantly, clean your hands. That means scrub them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap, or use a sanitiser gel with 60-80 per cent alcohol content.
Also, pack santiser gel or wipes, if you have them.
“Grocery shopping requires touching surfaces and items, including trolleys and baskets,” virologists Associate Professor Ian Mackay and Dr Katherine Arden explained via The Conversation. “Sometimes sanitiser or antibacterial wipes are available for hands and handles at the store entrance — but they’re often not, so bring your own.”
What shopping bags should I take?
As far as which bags to use, the jury’s still out.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has publicly called for single-use bags to be brought back for the duration of the pandemic to minimise transmission of the virus.
But it’s unclear what level of risk is posed by reusable ones.