During the Coronavirus pandemic situation, most countries around the world have announced a complete lockdown and strictly advise their citizens to practice social distancing and avoid crowding. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also prepared several important guidelines to follow during this time to help people stay safe and healthy.
Staying home is the safest thing one can do this time. However, certain essential items will be needed such as grocery shops or pharmacies but at a bare minimum.
Maintaining certain safety standards while shopping for essential products can help in preventing any unnecessary risks of infection and help people stay protected.
A good way to start is to prepare a list of essentials at the beginning of the month. The list should comprise what is needed from the grocery store, pharmacy or other important items. This can help people to avoid any re-visits and also not over the shop.
It’s also important to plan when an individual is going to the store. Try to schedule the visits during non-peak hours to avoid as much crowd as possible.
Always wear a mask after stepping out of the house. It is very important to cover your mouth and protect yourself from catching or spreading any disease.
As a preventive measure, people may also choose to carry their own carry bag. Before carrying, do not forget to sanitize them. For personal safety, it is better to carry a personal sanitizer as it may not be possible for many people to wash their hands on the go all the time. Also, sanitize the cart before using it. Clean the handle of the cart or basket with a sanitizer or disinfectant before touching them.
This is a good option if anyone wants to reduce their exposure to a crowd. In contactless shopping, people can select the items they want to buy, order them, and pay for them in advance and finally visit the store to pick up the items or have them delivered. This is a safer option since people can avoid moving around the store to select the items, thus reducing the probability of any infection. It’s also ideal for the store employees and other people who need to buy the items.
Do not make the trips to the store an outing and try to make them as short as possible. Apart from a few exceptions, it is best to go shopping alone. This will not only help in decreasing the number of people in a store and makes physical distancing easier but also reduces the chance of any member of your family getting infected.
Minimize the time at the store. Focus on trying to get in and out as fast as possible. Do not waste time thinking about what to buy and what to not. Check the list and pick the items quickly. Avoid touching the stuff that is not mentioned in the list.
While following the social distancing rule, when individuals are out, they must try to maintain the physical distancing rule too once going out. While at a store, do not forget to keep at least six-foot distance from another person standing behind or ahead. If an individual feels someone is standing closer to them then they can politely ask them to move back.
There are various payment options available nowadays, such as Phone-Pay, Google Pay, Paytm, and many more for the sake of people’s comfort and safety. People can opt for these options instead of handing out cash and exchanging currencies. This will help to reduce the spread of germs.
If an individual has a higher chance of infection from COVID-19, then they are advised to stay at home. This includes old aged people, especially those over 60, or people having heart or lung diseases and diabetes. It is better if they have someone else who can do the shopping for them. This is not only important for their health but for others also.
You all must have heard this being said a lot all around but it’s a very crucial guideline to follow. Make sure to be aware of any high-touch surface and remember to wash hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer right after that.
Here are the absolute times when you should be washing your hands:
After sneezing or coughing, in case an individual hasn’t used a tissue
After unpacking all the items, wash them with warm or hot water, and sanitize them properly. Do not use it without sanitization. People can use disinfecting wipes also.
Download the Aarogya Setu app before stepping out. The National Informatics Centre has launched this application to track information on Covid-19. This can help track your movement activities and alert if a person is at low, moderate or high risk.
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