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How to go to the store during a pandemic?

From March 28 to April 5, a week has been announced in Russiadays off so people can stay home and not expose themselves and others to coronavirus infection. But quarantine has not yet been announced, so many people will still go to grocery stores from time to time - they will continue to work as usual. In addition, each person will always run the risk of contracting the disease, but recently Roskontrol published recommendations that could savepeople from getting infected. Before going out, each person will need to dress in certain clothes, and in stores do not behave as usual. It is believed that if you follow the rules, which we will discuss below, the risk of infection with coronavirus can significantly decrease.

From now on, it’s better to use trolleys rather than baskets in stores

Roskontrol - This is a non-profit organization that procures products, household appliances and other goods in demand in order to verify their quality.


  • 1 Pandemic Behavior
  • 2 How to dress before going to the store?
  • 3 When are the fewest people in the store?
  • 4 Rules of conduct in the store
  • 5 What to buy during a pandemic?

Pandemic Guidelines

According to the hygienist Andrei Mosov, duringduring a coronavirus pandemic, people should carefully choose street clothes, refuse to buy certain products and wipe their packaging with a damp cloth. In addition, you won’t be able to go to the store at any time - it’s important to find out what time the least people go to the nearest stores. And already being in them, people need to keep apart at least at a distance of a couple of meters. It is important to understand that maintaining a distance today is not a sign of neglect and distrust, but caring for each other.

How to dress before going to the store?

According to Roskontrol, before going outIt is important to choose clothing that does not retain dust and does not absorb moisture. Alternatively, you can put on a raincoat or jacket made of synthetics with a tight weave of threads. Even better if the material is saturated with substances to protect it from water, dirt and wind. It is good if you also wear something from smooth synthetics that does not absorb moisture. In terms of shoes, there are no special recommendations - most importantly, after coming from the street, leave them at the doorstep and wash your hands thoroughly after touching them. The hat is also important, because microbes can also remain on it.

Go to the store in clothes that can then be wiped with a damp cloth

In general, after arriving from the store it is necessarywipe with a damp cloth all clothing. That is why it is recommended to go outside in synthetic clothing - it can be easily disinfected. If there was no cap and the hair remained open, it will not be superfluous to wash the hair. So, just in case.

Recently, Lyubov Sokovikova told in detail whether people need to wear medical masks on their faces and which of them are the best. Highly recommend reading.

When are the least people in the store?

According to Andrei Mosov, it’s best to go to the shops when there are fewer people - early morning and late evening. At such a time, the risk of encountering an infected personman is minimal, and thus man himself protects others from infection. However, the congestion of stores may depend on the area of ​​the city. In this case, you need to remember what time of day in the nearest supermarkets usually formed the smallest queues. Remembered? Then you can go for groceries, in the hope that there are few people in the store.

From myself, I want to say that in these difficulttimes it is better to go to spacious supermarkets rather than close grocery stores. In small shops, large and close lines are almost always formed in which people literally rub against each other.

In general, a study of the workload of stores inAt different times of the day, the Kanayan Retail & Development Consulting group of companies recently took up. According to their observations, large crowds of people visit shops and markets from 15:00 to 21:00. And the shops are empty in the morning until 9:00 and at night, after 23:00. Most often people go for groceries on weekends, less often - on Tuesdays.

Store Conduct Guidelines

In some countries, the rule applies today -to let people into stores strictly in groups of several people. But in Russia, such measures have not yet been taken, so it is important for people to independently observe precautions. Here they are:

  • Wear gloves and after returning home, wipe everything with a damp cloth: packaging from chips, juices, canned food, and so on;
  • You can pay in cash, but after using it, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly. In general, it is better to use contactless payment using a card or smartphone;
  • Try not to approach people closer than 2 meters. Especially beware of people who sneeze and look unhealthy. If you yourself feel bad - be sure to wear a protective mask.

If possible, use a damp cloth instead anti-bacterial tissue. Recently, my colleague Artem Sutyagin told how to make an antiseptic at home.

In stores in Italy, so that people do not get too close to each other, special tags are glued at a distance of several meters from each other

What to buy during a pandemic?

During the spread of coronavirus,In principle, you can buy any products. Only after arriving home, products in factory packaging should be thoroughly wiped with a damp cloth. Loose foods like meat, fish and semi-finished products can be safely bought if you are going to cook, fry or stew them before use. And all because the virus dies during heat treatment.

Important: during a pandemic it is recommended to abandonfinished baking, because the store employee who cooks it can get sick and not even suspect about it. However, any person can have a hidden form of coronavirus.

So that people do not have to often go to the grocery store, Roskontrol previously published the expiration dates of popular products:

  • Cereals (buckwheat, rice, millet) - from 9 to 20 months;
  • Canned food - from 15 months to 5 years;
  • Macaroni - from 24 to 32 months;
  • Tea and coffee - from 12 months to 3 (tea) and 5 (coffee) years;
  • Potatoes - from 1-2 weeks to 10 months;
  • Salt and sugar - 8-10 years;
  • Mayonnaise - from 120 to 180 days.

In general, it is better to look at the shelf life directly in the store, so that if it expires there is no need to return to the store for delivery of the goods.

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What is the result? When going to the store, it is important for people to put on clothes that can be wiped with a damp cloth after arriving home. In stores, it is better to stay away from people and not buy products without packaging that are not suitable for cooking at high temperatures. When bringing food to the kitchen, it is important to wipe their packaging with a damp cloth. After that, following the recommendations of the WHO, you need to wash your hands and face thoroughly.