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Dr. Fauci Just Shared The Grocery Precaution You No Longer Have to Take

The director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is here to set the record straight.
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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and capacity limits and special hours return to grocery stores, it's more important now than ever to stay safe while shopping. This means continuing to visit your local supermarket at the least busy time of the week, wearing a mask, and washing your hands before and after your trip.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is here to set the record straight as the question of whether or not the new coronavirus virus can be transmitted from groceries starts to surface again. Washing your hands frequently is a better way to stay safe than wiping down all the items you bring home from the store, Fauci told Los Angeles radio station 94.7 The Wave. (Related: Stay safe with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

"When people start feeling that they need to wipe things down multiple times, there's nothing wrong with that. You might want to get some wipes and put them on the doorknob or something like that," Fauci said in the interview. "But to compulsively feel like you can't touch something unless you wipe it down would probably create more stress than it would real protection. So what we tend to do is to tell people to really just wash your hands as frequently as you possibly can … and wear a mask."

Other health experts agree—the likelihood of the virus spreading through food is extremely low, because it is mainly spread through respiratory droplets.

Read up on some other misconceptions about the coronavirus and food with the 5 COVID Food Safety Questions—Answered.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more