[UPDATE March 28] Safe Grocery Shopping Techniques (Video)
UPDATE March 28:
After doing more research, not all doctors or food professionals agree with the doctor in the video below about how to bring grocery items into your home. Before you go through the elaborate cleaning processes shown by Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen below, we suggest you read what LiveScience has to say on the matter. Particularly note, what the article says about washing fruits and vegetables in soap and water.
Despite what a doctor in a viral video suggests, it’s not a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables with soap and water, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, food scientists told Live Science.
“We’ve known for 60 years that there are toxicity issues about consuming household dish soaps,” Benjamin Chapman, a professor and food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, told Live Science. “Drinking dish soap or eating it can lead to nausea, can lead to [an] upset stomach. It’s not a compound that our stomach is really built to deal with.”
Instead, people should wash produce as they normally would, with cold water, Chapman said….”We don’t have any evidence that food or food packaging are transmission vehicles for coronavirus,” Chapman said.
As we struggle to navigate this new reality of Shelter-in-Place, we are going to share tips we find with you. This doctor from Michigan offers suggestions on how to minimize bringing the novel coronavirus into your home after shopping.
Try to shop no more than once a week. Ideally, shop once every two weeks.
Further Info: (The name of the page where we got the information is first. The name of organization/credentials of the person offering them is second. Finally, is a quote that gives an idea of what to find):
- Shelter: US Homeland Security Sample tip: “When outside, try not to touch anything (light signals, polls, signs, playground equipment, benches, etc.) because the Coronavirus can remain on certain surfaces for multiple hours.”
- A one-page, printable guide for preparing to shelter at home: Vox magazine: Sample tip: “Consider buying some more bathroom towels and swapping them out more frequently.”