The coronavirus in Belgium turns our living conditions upside down, including the way we shop. Going out to buy food has become one of the few exceptions to confinement. If the safety distances have to be respected, there are also some precautions to take when going to a store.
Big box stores and retail stores have taken steps to avoid customer risk. Shopping carts are cleaned regularly, and gel is often available at the entrance to clean your hands. Respect for distances remains the key to shopping well. The use of gloves is not necessary.
“When you take your food, your fruit or when you open a fridge, I think you shouldn’t be in a panic situation, you use your hands like you do every day. We take the items, but above all we try not to put your hands to your mouth or put your hands to your face “, says Yves Coppieters, epidemiologist and professor at the ULB School of Public Health.
The key: conscientious hand washing
The use of clothing to open fridge handles is not recommended as it multiplies the potentially infected surfaces. The choice of fruits and vegetables is done without feeling or comparing. It’s about being efficient using your own shopping bags.
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Precautions are also to be taken when returning home: the first thing you absolutely must do is wash your hands.
“We wash our hands well, then calmly unpack our shopping. We remove the main packaging, to store our shopping and the main packaging, whether it is a cardboard or a plastic, we isolate it or we throw it away, and we wash our hands “, explains Yves Coppieters.
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Get rid of packaging
It is advisable to wash glass or metal packaging with soap and water before using it. Once in the kitchen, fruits and vegetables should be washed, but not excessively.
“We know that the virus is sensitive to heat, above 45, 47 degrees or even a little more. But anyway, anything that is cooked does not involve any risk. more than it is not a transmission by digestive tract, it is a transmission by airborne way and therefore food as such does not constitute a risk of transmission, further sheds light on the epidemiologist.
For this expert, you have to live normally when you come back from the supermarket and in case of doubt clean your clothes at 60 degrees, in simple washing.
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