How to Shop Safely During a Pandemic

As pandemic life becomes something of a new normal for us and we all begin venturing out more again, we wanted to share with you some helpful tips on staying safe courtesy of the American Medical Association.

When you go to the store

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  • Stay at least six-feet away from other shoppers.
  • Don’t shake hands, hug or have any physical contact.
  • Wipe down grocery carts or basket handles with disinfectant wipes if you have them.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a cloth face mask.
  • While waiting and after leaving the store, use hand sanitizer if you have it.
  • If you’re sick, don’t go shopping. But if you must, wear a mask, wash your hands often and keep a safe distance between you and others.


@unacuponerachingona wearing one of our Free Social Distancing Stickers on her mask while shopping at a Walmart in her hometown

When you get your groceries home

  • Although it’s unlikely you’ll be exposed to the virus from the items in your shopping bag, wash your hands after unpacking your groceries.
  • Wipe surfaces with a household disinfectant.

Take precautions when preparing food

  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Do not share plates or silverware with others.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables before eating them.
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If you’re 65 or older

  • Ask a neighbor or friend to pick up groceries and leave them outside your house or bring them in while keeping at least six-feet apart.
  • Check with your local market and go during store hours reserved for older shoppers.
  • See if your grocer delivers and shop online.

These tips were published online recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Josephine Guicciardi is the nom de plume of our creative Evermine blogger. With romantic connections to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” love letters, it is in keeping with the blog’s themes of love and joy. The great composer writes the famous words “ever thine, ever mine, ever ours” to a woman who remains a mystery to this day. Two of the most likely objects of his adoration are Josephine Brunsvik and Guilietta Guicciardi, and it’s from these two women that Josephine Guicciardi draws her persona.


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