Grocery shopping has become dangerous for many, especially seniors, during the Coronavirus crisis. Due to weaker immune systems or pre-existing conditions, seniors run a high risk of having severe effects in response to COVID-19. Though there may be a shelter-in-place order, shopping for food and medicine is still necessary. To help ease some anxiety, our team at OurSeniors.net has put together a list of ways our community of seniors can again shop while practicing social distancing.
How to shop during the Coronavirus crisis:
- Have only one member of your household go out to lower exposure and the number of people in the store
- Bring a paper shopping list that you can throw away
- Shop during seniors-only shopping hours
- Search and try to shop at stores that are enforcing social distancing
- Clean the handles and the other areas of your shopping cart/basket (with a personal disinfectant wipe or wipes provided by the store)
- Assume every surface has the virus on it and bring hand sanitizer (if possible)
- Place raw food like meats, fruits, and veggies in a bag to avoid direct contact with anything
- Do your best to remain at least six feet from other people
- Do not touch your face or items unless you are sure you are buying them
- Go cashless to avoid contact with others
- Once you leave the store use hand sanitizer immediately
- Wash your hands as soon as you can
If you can afford it, ordering groceries online, having them delivered at home or opting-in for curbside pickup is the best option. However, if you would prefer to shop in person, it is best to buy food once a week or every other week if possible. By staying indoors, not only are we safe, but we can fight the spread of this virus and flatten the curve. Be safe, stay positive, and practice excellent hygiene. We will get through this together.
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.
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