Ten Tips to Navigating the Grocery Store During COVID-19

Living in the age of COVID-19 can turn something as simple a going to the market for fresh fruits and vegetables into a daunting task for older adults.

If close family members, neighbors, or friends are unable to assist you in your weekly shopping, older adults can follow these ten tips for staying safe and healthy when navigating the grocery store aisles:

  1. Write out your shopping list ahead of time so you can select your groceries and leave the store as quickly as possible.
  2. Do not socialize while shopping.
  3. Put your cell phone away while you are shopping
  4. Put on a facemask and carry a hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes when you enter the grocery store.
  5. Wipe down the grocery cart handle with a sanitizer wipe. Don’t touch anything you don’t need to touch in the store.
  6. To prevent frequent trips to the store, shop for two weeks if possible, and buy extra pantry items like pasta, canned tuna, soup, peanut butter, and root vegetables that stay fresh for long periods.
  7. Practice social distancing. Stay six feet away from other shoppers and store clerks. COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Don’t let other shoppers get too close to you.
  8. Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose while in the store. The American Journal of Infection Control estimates that people touch their faces more than 20 times in a single hour.
  9. When you leave the store apply hand sanitizer, as well as washing your hands thoroughly before and after you put away your groceries.
  10. Wash produce by soaking it in cold water with a touch of vinegar. There is no need to further sanitize your fruits and veggies.

Consider other options, such as delivery from your local grocer, Instacart, Amazon Prime, or AskUmbrella.

To find out more about staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic visit The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html