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In the midst of the Corona virus outbreak, you are encouraged to do physical distancing by not leaving the house, except for important things, such as shopping for groceries. However, this also needs to be done with caution. Check out the following tips for shopping for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the government imposed the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) regulations, almost all work, study and worship activities have been carried out at home. This is done as an effort to suppress the spread of the Corona virus.
However, places selling basic necessities, such as markets, supermarkets, minimarkets, and grocery stores, are still allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are still allowed to go to these places to buy supplies of food and daily necessities.
Even so, you need to stay alert and take steps to prevent COVID-19 so you don't catch the Corona virus while shopping.
Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping
To prevent transmission of the Corona virus, here are tips for shopping for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic:
1. Make sure you are he althy
Before going outside to shop for groceries, make sure you are in good he alth. If you suffer from COVID-19 symptoms, namely fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath, it is advised not to leave the house and self-isolate.
To shop for groceries or daily necessities, use an online shopping app or delivery service. Besides being practical, this method can minimize contact with many people so as to reduce your risk of contracting or transmitting the Corona virus.
2. Avoid shopping during peak hours
Avoid shopping during peak hours to avoid crowds. That way, your risk of being exposed to the Corona virus from other people will also be lower.
You can shop in the morning when the supermarket has just opened or in the evening before the supermarket closes. If you shop at a traditional market, avoid shopping in the morning because it tends to be more crowded.
3. Wear a mask when leaving the house
When you go out for shopping, don't forget to wear a mask. If you are in good he alth, wear a cloth mask. However, if you are sick and have to leave the house, wear a surgical mask.Make sure the mask you use can cover your nose and mouth perfectly.
Avoid touching the face and the inside of the mask because it can make the mask contaminated with germs from the hands.
If you want to fix the position of the mask, wash your hands first or use a hand sanitizer, then fix the position of the mask by tightening the mask strap or fixing the position of the mask hook strap on the ear.
4. Always bring hand sanitizer
You can use hand sanitizer to clean the handles of trolleys or shopping baskets that are often held by other people. Choose a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Use hand sanitizer every time you touch your personal items or your face.
You are not advised to wear gloves while shopping. Wearing gloves does not prevent you from the risk of contracting the Corona virus.Precisely if you are careless to wash your hands because you are wearing gloves, the risk of contracting the Corona virus becomes higher.
5. Keep your distance from other people
When leaving the house, it is important to always apply physical distancing wherever you are, including when shopping. Try to always maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from other people, be it sellers, supermarket staff, or fellow buyers.
6. Stock of groceries
So that you don't have to leave the house too often, buy enough food to be consumed for 1-2 weeks. So you don't forget, first note what ingredients you need and how much you want to buy.
Avoid panic buying or buying things excessively because it can deplete the stock of daily necessities in the market, so that other people who need them don't get it.
When choosing food, choose he althy and nutritious foods to keep your immune system strong, such as fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, meat, beans, tofu, and tempeh.You can also buy vitamin and mineral supplements if you don't think you can get enough nutrition from food alone.
7. Choose a cashless payment method
If possible, use the cashless or cashless method to pay for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Avoid paying for groceries with cash, debit cards, or credit cards because they have the potential to transmit germs, including the Corona virus.
If you are forced to use cash or a card to pay, immediately clean your hands with hand sanitizer after receiving your change or pressing the button on the EDC machine. Remember, don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
Tips for Cleaning Newly Purchased Foodstuffs
Until now, there is no evidence or research that the Corona virus can be transmitted through food.
However, the Corona virus is known to survive for several hours to several days on surfaces, including food packaging.The length of time the Corona virus survives on the surface of an object depends on the material of the object, as well as the temperature and humidity of the surrounding air.
If you feel that the food or food packaging that you have purchased is at risk of being contaminated with the Corona virus, do the following tips:
Wash hands after shopping
Wash your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds after handling food packaging, before removing food ingredients from packaging, before cooking, and before eating.
Clean up newly purchased groceries
To clean food packaging, you can use hand sanitizer, alcohol, or wet wipes with antibacterial ingredients.
As for cleaning vegetables and fruits, you can wash them with running water and special soap for food for about 20 seconds. Avoid washing foodstuffs with detergents or disinfectants, as these cleaning products can be harmful if swallowed.
After that, throw away the plastic bag used to carry groceries and clean the table or other place where the groceries were placed before.
Process food ingredients until fully cooked
To be safer for consumption, food ingredients should be cooked first until they are completely cooked. Also make sure the food ingredients have been washed thoroughly before cooking.
Shopping for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be done more carefully so that you are not exposed to the Corona virus and the food you buy is also not contaminated by this virus.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, especially if in the last 14 days you have been in close contact with people who are positively infected with the Corona virus or are in a COVID-19 endemic area, immediately self-isolate and call the COVID-19 hotline at 119 Ext. 9 to get further directions.
In addition, you can also try the Corona Virus Infection Risk Check feature which is provided free of charge by Alodokter to find out the magnitude of your risk of being infected with the Corona virus.
If you have questions regarding Corona virus infection, both regarding symptoms and preventive measures for COVID-19, don't hesitate to chat with doctors directly on the Alodokter application. You can also make an appointment with a doctor at the hospital through this application.