Here’s How to Disinfect Your Groceries and Essential During Coronavirus Outbreak
The coronavirus is not transferable via food, but the virus may stay on the surface for several days. Thus, it is mandatory to disinfect your food items or veggies in order to prevent yourself from coronavirus.
Although, Lockdown and Social distancing is the only way to prevent and to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But we need to do more if you don’t want to get infected by the disease. Apparently, you need to step out to buy essentials items like groceries and medicines. What you can do to prevent your food items from the novel coronavirus as it can survive 10-12 hours on the surface of these items. Thus, it is necessary to take extra care of you and your food items while going out at groceries. So what all you can do to prevent the effect of coronavirus and your groceries items because the disease is rapidly spreading person to person.
Precautions to be taken while going out to buy essentials
1. Give priority to mask and gloves
Yes, it is strictly recommended to wear a mask and gloves when you go to public places. Although, it is not advised to wear N-95 respirator or surgical mask because these are required to be reserved for health care workers. Moreover it is better to throw both items before entering your home if they are disposable one.
Gloves may not be mandatory, but wearing them provides added protection. You can easily get the novel coronavirus when you get in direct contact with an infected person or an object. Gloves serve as a layer of defense.
If you’re allergic to latex, nitrile gloves are excellent alternatives. Nitrile gloves provide durable disposable hand protection. Plus, they are perfect for sensitive skin. In particular, nitrile gloves do not contain natural rubber proteins that can cause irritation when worn. Also, they offer a perfect and comfortable fit as they match the shape of your hands.
2. Keep sanitizer in your pocket
The most effective thing to kill the germs and virus is sanitizer. Keep a small pack of sanitizer in your pocket so that you can use it immediately whenever you feel uneasy.
3. Maintain Social Distancing
As most of the countries are performing Social Distancing, you need to keep it in mind while going to buy groceries too. Maintain distance on each counter of the grocery including the cash counter.
4. Avoid touching your sensitive body parts
Virus enters in your body via your sensitive body parts like nose, eyes, and mouth. Make sure that you do not touch your body parts at any cost until you do not wash your hands for 20 sec at least.
5. Say no to unnecessary items
Another important point to consider is that do not touch the items in the market which you do not need. Remember you’re in the market just to buy your essentials not to enjoy. Just pick your essential items and get back to your home in the shortest time.
After picking necessary items from the market, now it is hard to make a decision if they are ready to eat or not? It simply means that are these groceries infection-free? Yes, this is really a matter of concern that these items might get infected with coronavirus. But what to do in this case when you are struggling to disinfect your fruits and veggies?
Just scroll down and read out our tips to disinfect your groceries.
Above all, do not forget to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds just after reaching home.
1. Put your veggies under running water
Before using your food items like fruits and vegetables, wash them under running water. It will help to clean up your items and remove the virus if there is any.
2. Let rest groceries under direct sunlight
If you have purchased an item that can’t be washed, just put the item under direct sunlight for some time. Heat from the sun will kill all the germs and make them ready to eat.
3. Rub the items while washing
Rinsing your items under running water is a good option but if you’re still unsure, you can rub your fruits and vegetables with tight hands but make sure not perform this with fragile items.
4. Soak them in baking soda
The most rapid and effective tip to disinfect your items is to soak your items in lukewarm water with added half tablespoon of baking soda in it. Just soak your items for 2-3 minutes and you are good to consume them.
5. Buy your grocery than you usually do
Above all, if you find these tactics not your cup of tea, then just buy your items earlier than before you end up with your stock. Why? The virus stays on the hard surfaces like fruits and vegetables for at least 10-12 hours according to the research, until you finish your previous stock, new items will get ready to consume.
Be smart, don’t overthink
It is obvious to overthink about every activity you are performing but when it comes to fruit, the anxiety gets doubled. This is the time to be smarter, not to get panic over small things. Just follow necessary tips to reduce the effect of coronavirus. Infact, you can use these tips and tactics in your daily routine also.
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