The news that the novel coronavirus can survive on food packages or even the food itself has made practicing sanitation and social distancing even more important than before.

Twelve crucial things that you can do while grocery shopping are:

  1. Make a shopping list before you go so you do not dawdle in the store.
  2. Wear a mask to prevent contact with airborne droplets.
  3. Wear plastic or latex gloves.
  4. Bring your own bags and pack them yourself at the checkouts to reduce your chance of being in contact with others.
  5. Stay six feet away from others. Practice social distancing.
  6. Avoid touching, your hand, nose and mouth.
  7. Avoid touching door handles, including to fridges and freezers.
  8. Wipe down the shopping cart handle with an antiseptic wipe.
  9. Commit to buying what you pick up. Do not remove items and then put them back.
  10. Pay by credit or debit card instead of cash and disinfect your hand, if exposed after using any touchpad at the check out.
  11. Get in and get out of the store to reduce your exposure to others.
  12. Clean your car handle and steering wheel after you get home and load your groceries into your home.

Unpacking Your Groceries to Avoid the Coronavirus

Practice the “sterile technique. Before bringing your groceries inside, designate a dirty and clean side of a large table. Sanitize the clean side with disinfectant and unpack the groceries, getting rid of any excess packaging that may have been touched by others right away.

Then use a Lysol wipe or similar towel with disinfectant to wipe down any hard packaging, especially if it is plastic, because plastic tends to harbor the covid-19 virus for days. Imagine where others might have touched the item and focus on cleaning that area.

Sanitizing Produce

To sanitize your fruits and vegetables, wash them the same way you would your hands, for 200 seconds, but use a mild solution of soap and water. Be sure to rinse the produce well with water before eating.

Clean Your Kitchen BEFORE You Bring Groceries Home

Finally it is important that you bring your groceries home to a kitchen that is clean and disinfected kitchen in the first place. Cleaning helps remove the organisms that could cling to any dirt brought into the house after your shopping excursion. Make sure you clean the refrigerator, microwave and stove, all cabinet doors and all cutting boards. Sterilize used sponges in the microwave or dishwasher when you are done.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diluted bleach, hydrogen peroxide or 70% isopropyl alcohol effectively kill coronavirus. You can make your own bleach solution and use paper towels to clean, or if you don’t like spraying bleach into the air, you can buy commercial wipes or sanitizers. The CDC recommends mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Let it sit for one minute on the surface until you dry it off.

Do you have concerns about the coronavirus or a health condition or age disposition that might put you in a high-risk group for contagion? If you have questions regarding any aspect of your health and how the Covid-19 pandemic, you might want to consult with Dr. Rahman or one of the other natural health experts at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre Feel free to contact us here at our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services. We also offer a full roster of health services listed on the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website including acupuncture for stress, natural cleanses, anti-aging therapies, Toronto weight loss, iv vitamin drip therapy, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, infrared blood analysis and more.

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