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Grocery Shopping Mistakes You Shouldn't Make During Your City's Reopening

Continue to take these necessary precautions to stay safe after the shelter-in-place order lifts.
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By May 15, many cities will have already reopened consumer and retail services. Whether there will be a rapid increase in new cases or not will become very clear at the onset of reopening, so it's important that everyone continues to take necessary precautions to stay safe.

With the end of the stay-at-home order approaching, many may be under the impression that life will pivot back to what it was before the pandemic began, but that simply isn't true. In fact, a study published in the journal Science by researchers from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health projects that social distancing measures will continue to be in effect into 2022.

However, your actions right now are what matters the most. To reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19, you'll want to avoid making these three mistakes while at the grocery store when your city reopens.


Going to the store without a mask.

Female shopper checking food labelling in supermarket

Just because restaurants and other businesses are getting the green light to reopen doesn't mean you should disregard safety precautions you've been taking at the grocery store since the beginning of the pandemic. Wearing a mask is a great way to make sure you don't spread germs and potentially infect other people. It also may help in preventing you from becoming ill as well.

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Forgetting to bring hand sanitizer with you.

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Again, you should continue to sanitize regularly while at the grocery store, especially after you've touched several food items and the cart handle. While it's not yet clear if you can transmit the coronavirus from objects, it has been shown to survive on plastic surfaces for up to three days so make sure to act accordingly.

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Touching your face while at the store.

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That phone call can wait! Unless you have headphones in, avoid picking up a call while you're in the grocery store so that your hands don't touch your face. Also, if you were touching your phone while shopping and then proceed to put it against your face, that's another way you could potentially be exposed to the virus. Lessen your chances altogether by just shooting the person a text, and don't forget to sanitize your phone once you get home from the grocery store.

Eat This, Not That! is constantly monitoring the latest food news as it relates to COVID-19 in order to keep you healthy, safe, and informed (and answer your most urgent questions). Here are the precautions you should be taking at the grocery store, the foods you should have on hand, the meal delivery services and restaurant chains offering takeout you need to know about, and ways you can help support those in need. We will continue to update these as new information develops. Click here for all of our COVID-19 coverage, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

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