Can COVID-19 enter your house through Groceries? Tips for Coronavirus

By | April 3, 2020
Tips for Coronavirus

The only protection you have to take is to avoid going out and meeting others as much as possible to stay away from the virus

Tips for Coronavirus – Coronavirus spreads via person-to-person contact and is a deadly virus our country is dealing with these days. The virus can also live on surfaces including groceries, food packaging for several days. However, there is no evidence as of now that coronavirus spreads by food. The biggest risk of COVID-19 is to the people who visit the grocery shop and come in contact with others shopping on the spot.

Visit the Grocery Shops when they are less crowded

As India is under lockdown state, very few grocery shops are open across the country. Experts say that you should visit the grocery store only once every two weeks. Shop during off-peak hours so that you remain safe from the crowd. Maintain 6 feet distance from other shoppers to avoid any type of direct contact.

Sanitize your hands

Elizabeth Eckstrom, professor and chief of geriatrics at Oregon Health and Science University says “As soon as you get there, use hand sanitizer, and touch only what you need to touch. Wipe down your cart handle, and then use the hand sanitizer again”. 

Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor in the department of population medicine at Harvard Medical School says “Generally when we use gloves outside of the healthcare setting and just in the community, they tend to become like a second skin. We end up touching our faces, and they may actually make us feel like we’re not at risk but they themselves can become contaminated and may actually be a better surface for the virus to persist on than our own skin,” she said.

COVID-19 is non-transferable via Food

Coronavirus does not transmit through food but it can live for days on food packaging materials. As per researches, it can live on surfaces like cardboard (24 hours) and on plastic for 72 hours. However, the virus may die too during that time period.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, disinfecting packaging isn’t necessary. Marcus said “At this point, there’s no evidence that transmission is happening through food packaging. That said, we know the virus can remain viable on surfaces for hours or even days, so there’s a hypothetical risk of transmission through touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Better than disinfecting, the thing we keep saying over and over again is to just wash your hands.”

Donald W Schaffner, a food microbiologist and professor at Rutgers University said “Right now there’s no evidence that [the virus is] spread through food. There’s no evidence that it’s spread through food packaging. That doesn’t mean that we might not learn new evidence tomorrow that would change our thoughts on that, but right now that’s what we believe,” Schaffner said.

Tips for Coronavirus: Stay home and avoid going to any public place if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. If you are above 60 years of age or have weak immunity or are suffering from any condition like diabetes, blood pressure etc you should have your groceries delivered at home. As per the statistics older are more likely to get infected with the coronavirus. According to the CDC, the death rate for people 65 to 84 years old is 3% to 11%, and the death rate for people 85 and older is 10% to 27%.

Age matters, and then if you’ve got chronic illnesses – and that kind of boil down to heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immunosuppressed status – then you’ll also have to be much more cautious.”

How to Stay Protected?

Everyone should wipe their mobile phones from time to time to lower down the risk of contamination.

Tips for Coronavirus? If you have ordered groceries, ask the delivery person to leave the packages outside your house. Use the electronic mode of payment (Paytm, Google Pay etc) instead of giving cash to the delivery person. Clean the packaging surface and wash your hands after cleaning them. Clean the doorknobs and light switches, mobile phones on a regular basis to avoid any signs/traces of the virus. practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet (1.8 metres) distance from the shoppers in the grocery stores. If possible, use clean your hands with hand sanitizer frequently. You can also use hand gloves for better protection. Stay Home, Stay Safe! 

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