How to safely bring food and groceries into your home

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Everyone is practicing social distancing – ordering carryout instead of eating at a restaurant, avoiding large crowds and even keeping six feet of distance at the grocery store. This is all helpful in not only flattening the curve but also keeping yourself safe and virus-free. But what about the things that you bring home? How do you ensure everything is safe to touch and eat?  

While the risk of bringing the virus into your home from grocery shopping and take out is low, having peace of mind that you’ve done everything you can is helpful! Here are some helpful steps to keep your family safe.  

While grocery shopping 

Some ways to protect yourself and others while shopping:

  • Wipe down carts and baskets before using them
  • Be sure you want to buy an item before picking it up or touching it
  • Plan ahead so you can make one shopping trip instead of two!
  • Don’t go to the grocery store if you have respiratory symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 

Bringing groceries into your home 

The safest way to ensure your items aren’t bringing the coronavirus into your home is to leave them in your car, garage or on a porch for three days, but that isn’t always possible! To clean your groceries, you can: 

  • Sanitize your counter before and after unpacking groceries
  • Separate your counter into two sides: a “dirty” side for unsanitized groceries and a “clean” side
  • Wipe down all plastics, including packaging and get rid of unnecessary external packaging
  • Place packaged items (like bread and cereal) in other, clean containers
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Wipe down all freezer items (your freezer temperatures will not kill the virus)

Remember to continue to practice good handwashing! If you’ve missed an item or a spot that could be carrying the coronavirus, washing your hands will kill the virus if you picked it up! 

For step-by-step instructions on how to best clean items, watch the video below!

Bringing in delivered food or takeout 

The risk of picking up the coronavirus from food is also very low! The most likely place for you to catch the virus is from the containers or other packaging, so you should:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after touching packaging and before handling food
  • Place your food and sauces onto a clean plate
  • Heat your food if possible and choose hot foods over cold foods
     

Do you have coronavirus or flu-like symptoms and want to discuss your next steps? Click here to schedule a televisit with a Village Health Partners physician! 

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