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The #1 Worst Thing You Can Do While Shopping Walmart

If you can, it's best to go grocery shopping alone.

By now, you've heard the CDC's guidelines surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Maintain social distancing (at least six feet apart from other people who aren't members of your household) and wear a face mask when in public. Even if you're trying to keep yourself and others safe by limiting trips to the store, you'll probably still have to go food shopping at some point, and you'll want to keep yourself and others safe.

If you're one of the countless Americans who live near a Walmart location, you might be headed to the big-box chain. That's great—Walmart has plenty of great foods to buy during the coronavirus. But are there any certain precautions you should take in the store, as opposed to in other grocery stores? When shopping at Walmart during the pandemic, you should be sure to shop alone.

While it may not be possible to leave small children at home, the worst thing you can do while shopping at Walmart is to go with roommates or family members. Reducing the number of people on your shopping trip will lower the chance of you accidentally passing germs along to other shoppers.

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And while shopping alone is a good practice at any grocery store, it's especially important in big-box stores like Walmart or Target. Because these stores are selling non-essential items like video games and clothing—and other stores selling these items are closed—there may be increased foot traffic. If your goal is to go in, get food, and get out, going to a store with fewer people—and bringing fewer people along with you—is a smart move.

It's not possible for everyone, but if you're able to leave the rest of your household at home, your fellow customers are sure to appreciate it. And however many people join you on your shopping trip, make sure you and your fellow adults wear face coverings.

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