Social distancing is an important aspect to help with ending this pandemic. However, we all need to make essential trips to the store for food, medicine, and other products. Here are a few tips to help mitigate your risk and keep your family as safe as possible when making your supply run.
- Consider whether you really need to go shopping: Americans are being told to stay home as much as possible, and that means limiting trips to the grocery store. So if you only need a few items, try to get by with what you have and plan a big shopping trip for later. The Food and Drug Administration advises people to buy enough food for a week or two at a time.
- Delivery may be an option instead: Getting groceries delivered helps reduce the number of people going into stores and touching things, and helps people follow social distancing rules. It also helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 from people who are infected but don’t show symptoms.
- If you can’t get delivery, try shopping at off-peak hours and buying as many items as you can from one store (rather than visiting multiple stores).
- Don’t bring the whole family: It’s best to shop alone. This helps reduce the number of people going to stores. If possible, leave your children at home to limit your family’s exposure.
- Don’t go if you have symptoms: It’s very important not to go shopping if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough or shortness of breath), or if you think you have been exposed to the virus. In these cases, you should leave your home only to seek medical care, according to the CDC. If you need supplies, ask a friend or someone else to get them and leave them outside your home.