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What days do you need to go to the store so as not to get infected with coronavirus

The coronavirus continues to rage across the world. Especially some buyers are worried about the approaching holiday season and how to protect themselves during this time. Edition The ladders told how to protect yourself in this difficult time.

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Most wear masks in public as recommended by health professionals, but the mask shouldn't be expected to provide 100% protection against the virus, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm said.

Osterholm is a member of President-elect Joe Biden's Coronavirus Advisory Group and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

He said the less you are in the store, the less likely you are to contract COVID-19.

1. Limit your time in public places

One of the best ways to keep yourself from contracting COVID is to limit your time in public, especially grocery stores. Instead of wandering the aisles looking for a variety of toothbrushes and baking flour, make a shopping list before you go and focus only on buying items from the list.

Air ventilation experts who have studied how COVID-19 spreads recommend spending no more than 30 minutes in the store. The sooner you find what you need and leave, the better.

2. Limit shopping during peak hours

According to a recent Google report, the safest time to shop for groceries is Monday at 08:00 am. The same report argued that the worst time was Saturday afternoon.

Avoid the crowd - this reduces your risk. Better not to shop on Saturdays from 12:00 to 15:00.

Overall, there are the fewest people in grocery stores on Mondays. If possible, choose a weekday morning for grocery shopping to limit contact with other people.

If you can't, try to avoid rush hours. Get in and out of the store as quickly as possible.

3. Select contactless payment

When paying at the checkout, use a credit card, not cash. Using your credit card will limit the transfer of bacteria common on money.

4. Limit the number of calls when paying

Many of us love to chat with the cashier during checkout, but the more you can restrict the conversation, the less likely COVID-19 will be transmitted.

The study found that grocery store employees are more likely to contract COVID-19 than their customers, so it's important to limit the risk of infection, as germs are much more likely to be transmitted during conversation.

5. Delivery of products

Online shopping reduces the risk of coronavirus infection, and many stores offer pickup.

If this is available at grocery stores in your area, consider not going to the store at all, and instead use pickup. You can use Amazon Fresh, Peapod, or Instacart for home delivery.

Always wear a mask when receiving a package.

Also, you do not need to wipe off the food after returning home, as the chances of contracting the coronavirus from the surface - although possible, are relatively low. Instead, make it a rule to wash your hands regularly and limit contact with your face.

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