Governments are asking people to stay inside except for essential trips like exercise or going to the grocery store. So how do you keep yourself safe with a grocery store or takeout food trip?

COVID-19 is not transferred through food but is transferred between human contact and droplets shared between people. Wenqing Xu, an assistant professor at the LSU AgCenter, shared some tips for staying safe when handling foods outside your home, “A group of people we don’t talk much about is people who are actually delivering the foods because those are the people who are coming into contact with a lot of people. They go to different restaurants and they go to different households so they should take precautions at that point to minimize the person-to-person contact. Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your dirty hands. Wash your hands as soon as you get the chance. If you don’t have the opportunity to wash your hands use hand sanitizer.”

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Professor Xu urges grocery managers to sanitize and monitor high traffic areas and set up stores to limit person-to-person contact. As for customers, Professor Xu said, “I think customers should plan ahead. Try to limit their time in the store. Try to minimize contact with groups of people always helps,” Xu explained. “Plan ahead, make a shopping list, go in and get out. I think that’s good too and wash your hands properly after you come back from stores.” You can wipe down groceries or other items when you get home.

If you’re getting delivery, ask the courier to drop the food on your doorstep, instead of handing it. Some delivery spots have this as a selection in a menu, if it’s not there, write it in the comments or notes section. If you call in delivery, request it that way. For takeout or delivery, immediately throw away bags or containers and wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after touching the bag.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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