The coronavirus is frightening for everyone but for people who are immunosuppressed (and for their loved ones trying to protect them) it is terrifying. No one wants to bring this virus into their home.
What to do when going to the grocery store
This advice comes from Medivizor’s CEO, Tal Givoly. Making Medivizor a reality has been Tal’s dream. He, like many others that work for Medivizor, either have conditions and are at risk, work in the medical field treating people or are caring for loved ones who are at risk.
Tal writes, “I take extreme measures to ensure I do not introduce the virus into our home.” As a caregiver, Tal’s focus is keeping his loved one safe. As he says, the whole family lives “very defensively.”
Thinking strategically, he has itemized tactics for his trips out “hunting for food.”
Get ready at home by loading your car with:
- Disinfecting wipes and/or disinfecting gel for you to clean your hands.
- Bring extra gloves or disinfecting gel for the check-out attendant
- If you can, bring along your own rolling cart.
Arriving at the grocers:
- When exiting the car at the grocery store, put on face mask and latex gloves
- If you haven’t got a rolling cart, apply disinfecting wipes to the handlebar before touching it
- Stay 6+ feet away from everyone in the supermarket
- Provide cashier and bagger with gloves and/or disinfecting wipes before touching your groceries
- At the car, load the trunk and then carefully remove gloves and mask into the garbage without touching them.
- Take out all bags into your home
- Wash your hands (do not touch your face)
- While putting items into shelves, refrigerator, or freezer, wipe down the outsides of the packaging. This is because coronavirus “can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.“
- Take off your clothing and wash in hot water to kill any virus you may have come into contact with.
If you order your food online, be sure to disinfect all containers and wash your hands thoroughly.
Do you have any ideas for keeping safe?
Please share them in the comments section below. Thank you and please stay safe.
Take a look at Harvard Health’s COVID-19 Information