In light of the coronavirus, here are some germ-busting ideas to help keep you and your family safe after shopping…

The first thing to remember is that you shouldn’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth at the shops or after shopping until you have either sanitised or washed your hands properly.

The next things to consider are that the coronavirus is known to last on surfaces from anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

While we don’t know exactly how long the germs last on surfaces, so far we do know that proper washing with soap and water and contact with a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol kills the germs.  With this in mind, here are some tips to stop germs from entering your home…

Remove and sanitise shoes at the door

Don’t walk dirt and germs into your home. Take off your shoes at the door, store them in a basket or leave them outside until you have time to clean the soles with hydrogen peroxide, diluted bleach or rubbing alcohol, which is said to be sufficient to kill the coronavirus.

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Remove packaging

The jury is still out whether it’s common to get a COVID-19 infection from food and product packaging, but it’s worth bearing in mind that many hands touch products and produce, from the factory floor where they’re made or packaged to the shelf packer and other customers.

If you want to err on the side of caution, you could unpack grocery shopping straight away and dispose of the packaging. For example, you could decanter rice into a glass jar and throw the plastic packaging into recycling.

Once the shopping is unpacked, you could pop reusable shopping bags in the washing machine, sanitise your phone if you used it at the shop, wash your hands thoroughly and make a calming cup of tea – you deserve it.

Please note that this is not medical advice, but it is based on what we currently know about COVID-19. As scientists learn more, there my be new and improved ways to fight the virus and this information may no longer be accurate. The best way to protect yourself is to keep washing your hands and stay informed.

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