Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic – Tips for Safety


To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people wear face coverings made of cloth or any non-medical ones, one might wonder if it's safe to shop for groceries and food? Well, there are no specific guidelines or grocery shopping tips from the CDC, one must follow certain precautions.

The new CDC announcement which is voluntary, particularly mentioned groceries and pharmacies as public settings where it gets difficult to practice social distancing. The advisory recommends maintaining 6-feet distance from others to contain the spread of coronavirus. In these establishments, the CDC has advised wearing normal cloth face covering "to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others."

Like we discussed in the previous article, many grocery buyers are avoiding to visit the stores completely and turning to online grocery shopping.

Well, getting your online grocery shopping delivered safely should be a concern for you if you are ordering them from any other website. We at MyValue365 follow guidelines from local authorities as well as WHO to maintain more than enough sanitization and safety to avoid any kind of contamination. We are pledged to deliver the freshest and safe groceries and food to our clients even in the times of pandemic.

Here are some grocery shopping tips for you, if you are going out to buy food and groceries.

Wash those containers

This one belongs, especially for the nonporous containers. The FDA has stated that there is no evidence found until now which says the virus is transmitted from food packaging. But if you are really concerned, it doesn't take so much to wash and clean the nonporous containers made of plastic, glass, cans with disinfectant liquid, liquid soap or even a normal soap.

If that's not feasible for you, you can just put away all the packaging and then clean your hands with soap and then apply alcohol hand rub or sanitizer or germicide. This might reduce the risk completely.

We recommend you to prepare fresh foods at home using fresh groceries from the market until the pandemic is completely over. The virus has created a challenge for the virologists and medical professionals to determine which surfaces this virus stays alive for how much of time. So, rather than storing those containers directly in the fridge, we would recommend you get rid of those boxes and containers and store your leftovers in containers available at homes like glassware or steel utensils.

Wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer

Precautionary measures are already there from WHO, still, we recommend you to avoid touching surfaces in public areas or places where people roam easily like grocery shops. Although every grocery shop is taking care of sanitization, after you finish off with the shopping, use alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer before you enter the car or home.

Wash produce

Well, to avoid contamination and consumption of pesticides, we recommend you wash produce with hard skin like vegetables and fruits with running water.

Order earlier

If you are ordering groceries online, prepare your list at the start of the month and order it the same day. Due to rush with orders, online grocery shopping websites are experiencing stress and we are already short on staff. To deliver you in time, please allow us enough time to process your order.

Pay Electronically

As much as possible, make your payments with electronic methods. Use digital payment gateways or wallets and avoid paying with cash.

Spend wisely

To avoid wastage and to reduce stockpiling, always order for necessary items in fare quantity. Although every grocery shop and online grocery shopping markets are stocking the things in enough amounts, don’t go for stocking up unnecessary items.

We are all in this together, let’s have benefits of the resources equally.

Note: - This article is created only for the informational purpose out of our experiences and we highly recommend you to visit the authentic sources like websites of CDC, WHO and your local public health department to get more accurate information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease.