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Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR

>How Is The Federal Government Doing At Guiding A Smart Reopening?

6 minute podcast and full page of below excerpts at Source: >Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR

“As more states continue to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, what are the safest ways to get back out into society — whether it’s outdoors, going to church or returning to work? What are the safest ways to move around as we start to do it more? An end to lockdowns is coming. NPR’s Allison Aubrey joins us to talk through the options for going outdoors or to church or returning to work…

people are moving around more. Using cellphone location data, researchers have seen about a 20% decline in the percentage of people staying home compared to two weeks ago. And it’s also worth noting who seems to be going out most. Some new survey data out of the U.K. shows during lockdown about 50% of adolescent boys and young men – so college-aged males – acknowledge meeting up with a group of friends. And many parents in the U.S. have seen this growing restlessness.

“The data suggests that prolonged indoor contact is the riskiest. Being outside is lower risk. So over the last week or so, we’ve seen several states giving the green light to outdoor activities – exercising on the beach or in parks, tennis, golf, boating. We’re also hearing more about small gatherings in people’s yards.

“There’s better air circulation outside, more sunlight. It’s often easier to stay 6 feet away when you’re in someone’s backyard than their living room. But Carroll says it can be a slippery slope. You know, once people gather, you have to be careful about maintaining social distancing.

many cases are transmitted at home. So one way is a family member who’s an essential worker brings it home to everyone else, so really important for that essential worker, you know, to wash hands, take precautions. And the more people who gather in a home, the more risk.

“there’s very good reason we’re being asked to wear masks. … it’s impossible to say just how many infections that masks may prevent. Mostly the masks do help prevent the person wearing it from spreading the virus.  When I see someone wearing a mask, it says two things to me. They care about the people around them, and they care and respect themselves. …it’s worth pointing out the CDC is recommending that we wear them, and we’ll continue to see this as more people go back to work and perhaps on public transport. ..when people are on public transport or back at work, they’re quite likely indoors, which makes that kind of thing vital.

employers are thinking about things like screening, antibody testing. A lot of employers are scrambling, trying to come up safety measures for reopening. One idea being floated in some countries is the idea of an immunity passport or a health passport so people who have had the virus and presumably have some immunity would be identified and perhaps cleared to go to work.

“But physician Aaron Carroll says this is really not as simple as it sounds. “First of all, we should acknowledge that we don’t even understand yet how good immunity is, how long it lasts, how much it’s protective. So to start labeling people immune is really jumping the gun. We just don’t know yet.


Should I Disinfect My Groceries? Advice About Grocery Shopping Safely : Shots – Health News : NPR

“Many of us are still venturing out to stock up on food and toiletries. But what’s the safest way to shop during this pandemic? And what should you do once you’ve brought your haul home?

“We asked infectious disease, virology and food safety experts to share their tips about safe grocery shopping — and what you can stop worrying about:

Topics Covered in the source following.

  • Know the dangers — focus on the people, not the food
  • Avoid crowds and shop quickly
  • Wear a face covering
  • Go alone
  • Sanitize carts and hands
  • Skip the gloves
  • Give the cashier some space
  • Choose no-touch payment when you can
  • Don’t drive yourself crazy disinfecting your groceries
  • If you really want to wash your groceries, don’t use disinfecting spray or wipes
  • Rinse fresh produce in plain water — and eat your veggies!
  • Should you shower or change clothes after shopping? It depends
  • A word about frozen food

Continue reading topic details at Source: >Should I Disinfect My Groceries? Advice About Grocery Shopping Safely : Shots – Health News : NPR

Who Knew Grocery Shopping Could Be So Stressful? – The New York Times

Join the forum discussion >What do you do when shopping and coming home?

Video Credit: Jeffrey VanWingen http://www.DrJeffVW.com Correction: Rinse fruits and vegetables with water – no soap. Correction: NIH Data – COVID-19 lives on cardboard for 1 day. Clarification: Perishable foods like meat should be brought in the home and refrigerated. Clarification: Only disinfect the outside packaging. As of posting date (March 24, 2020), this is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling.

“As much of the world practices social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house.

“But the logistics of shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on my shopping list are sold out? How do I keep my distance in a crowded produce aisle?

“And just how many people have touched that jar of peanut butter or can of beans we brought home?

“We talked to infectious disease experts about how to shop for groceries during the coronavirus crisis. Here’s their advice.

Continue reading about the below topics at source >NYTimes Shopping :

  • Check store policies
  • Should I wear a mask and gloves?
  • Bring your own wipes and sanitizer.
  • Wipe the shopping cart.
  • What if I don’t have wipes?
  • Shop early (off peak)
  • Keep your distance.
  • Limit your trips to the store. 
  • Have a flexible plan.
  • Shop for long-lasting foods.
  • Don’t hoard.
  • Really, really don’t touch your face. (Wash it before leaving)
  • Be kind to your checkout person. 
  • Is self-checkout better?
  • Reusable bags are still OK.
  • Should I wipe jars and plastic containers when I get home?
  • What about produce? 
  • Don’t stress.

>How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping (Consumer Reports)

>Do You Really Have to Disinfect All Groceries Now? An Expert Explains

>Is the risk of transmission of coronavirus from groceries significant?