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How to protect yourself from getting sick while grocery shopping

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 12:09:31-04

As we all take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, how should we handle grocery shopping? Consumer Reports provided these helpful tips.

1. Wash your hands, counter, and other surfaces you’ve touched
Do this after you've put away the groceries. Keep in mind that using a disinfectant isn’t necessary unless you’re sharing a space with someone who is exhibiting signs of respiratory illness or has been exposed to the virus.

2. Wash nonporous containers
The FDA says there's no current evidence to support the transmission of the virus from food packaging. If you're concerned, it can't hurt to wipe down non-porous containers like glass or cans with disinfectant wipes.

3. Wash produce
Rubbing fruit and vegetables under running water and scrubbing those with hard skins can help remove pesticides. There's no evidence that the virus can live on foods, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

4. Don't use cash
Paying the cashier with cash could create hand-to-hand contact and spread germs.