This virus thing has given the people a wealth of information for them to try and digest…..in some cases it is TMI and helps with the confusion.
Here at IST I try to help with as much FYI as I can with the respect that it could help in the understanding of what is needed.
Plus while writing this post I may have come across the reason for the shortage of TP…..read on……
When we go to the market we should wear a mask and gloves and use wipes to clean the surface of the cart…..but what about the groceries in that cart?
Is all that necessary?
In March a Michigan doctor’s video on how to sanitize your groceries went viral—and his tips were pretty involved. But are they really necessary? According to the infectious disease, virology, and food safety experts NPR spoke with, perhaps not. The upshot of their tips is this: “Focus on the people, not the food,” as respiratory droplets are the biggest source of infection, per a Columbia University virologist. Here are seven more things to consider:
Don’t use your phone in the store. If you do so, you’re basically putting your hand on your face—a no-no.
Wear a mask, not gloves. Speaking of hands, the experts say gloves can provide a false sense of security and advise against them. As soon as you touch a contaminated surface the gloves are contaminated, but many people leave their gloves on for an extended period of time, and do things like talk on the phone or handle credit cards while wearing them. Instead, just wash or sanitize your hands as you enter and exit the store and once you get home.
Chill on the grocery sanitizing. Good news—none of the experts NPR spoke with are going to town on the grocery sanitizing. One says the probability of getting infected from your bag of tortilla chips is just really low. You’d have to touch the very spot where respiratory droplets landed, get enough of it on your hands to get infected, and then touch your face. Washing your hands after unpacking your bags and before cooking and eating is good practice.
But remember your countertops. After you unpack your groceries, give them a wipe down.
Steer clear of disinfecting spray or wipes. You’re trying to make sure your pasta is coronavirus-free … but dousing the box it’s packaged in using disinfectant isn’t the way to go. The experts note such cleaning products are made for hard surfaces and could actually end up contaminating your food if used on certain kind of packaging. If you need to wipe, a little soap and water is sufficient.
You don’t need to soap up your produce. One expert says a simple cold-water rinse is fine, noting that consuming soap residue could spur diarrhea or vomiting.
Wash your hands when touching frozen food at home. Cold temperatures help the virus live longer, so wash those hands after taking frozen items out of the freezer.
Read the full story for more grocery-shopping tips.
Number 6 could explain the necessity for so much damn TP.
I hope these steps will be helpful.
Be Calm…..Avoid Crowds…..Wash Hands Often…..Stay Prepared
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