By: Poelano Malema
At least 3,8million people around the world have died due to COVID-19 related illnesses.
One of the ways to contract the coronavirus is through touching contaminated objects or surfaces.
The World Health Organisation states: “People may also become infected by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus when touching their eyes, nose or mouth without cleaning their hands.”
Grocery items bought in stores pose a high risk because the items on the shelves can be touched by scores of people and some of them might be infected with the virus.
This is why it is important to ensure that you not only sanitise your hands, but you also sanitise your groceries before they enter your home to minimise the risk.
Let’s look at the steps to follow to ensure your grocery items are safe to use:
– Sanitise the surface where you are going to place your groceries before packing them, i.e your kitchen table and cupboards.
– Wash your hands with soap and running water before handling the products.
– Sanitise a paper towel and use it to wipe the packages of the grocery items.
– If you have items that can be stored in containers, remove the packaging and place them in clean containers.
– For your fruits and vegetables – use running water to wash any dirt. Remember to clean each item separately.