With the spread of coronavirus on the rise, we are all advised to stay at home as much as we can. Though the lockdown measures have been eased, the spread of the virus has not eased, we must all be very cautious and go out only for essential trips, one of which is to the supermarket, or the market.

Here are a few tips from the WHO to keep you protected when out shopping for food and home supplies;

Before you go to the supermarket/market;

  1. Avoid making these trips by buying in bulk or using delivery services. 
  2. Make a list of the items you need, so that you can be focused, and spend as little time as possible in  the market/supermarket. 
  3. Make sure you wear your face mask, gloves if you can, and carry a portable hand sanitizer with you. 
  4. Leave the kids at home. This is because kids have a tendency to touch things, which increases the risk of exposure to them.
  5. If you are going to a supermarket, it’s best to go to one that has good safety guidelines such as limiting the number of people allowed in the store at one time. 
  6. Don’t go out shopping if you have symptoms. 

While you are there;

  1. Don’t touch anything you are not going to buy.
  2. Endure you maintain a 6 feet distance from other shoppers. 
  3. Sanitize your hands often if you are not wearing gloves .
  4. When you approach the till, please stay 6 feet away from the person in front of you on the queue and insist the person behind you does the same. 
  5. When you want to pay, the best way is to make a transfer. If this is not possible, use a POS terminal with your gloves, or sanitize your hands immediately after.

When you return home;

  1. Take off your shoes. This is because after lingering in the air, droplets containing the virus fall on the ground where they can be picked up by feet.
  2. Wash fruits and vegetables after purchasing them. 
  3. Use disinfectant wipes to clean down cans and plastic containers .
  4. Wash reusable bags. 
  5. Wash your hands. 

Have a great weekend and please stay safe