There was a lot of concern about shopping during the COVID-19 outbreak. What are the risks and how can they be prevented to reduce the rate of infection?
Shopping and risk of infection
We know that in crowded places, it can increase the chances of contracting COVID-19, but how dangerous is it to shop during this time?
According to Dr. David Hirschwerk, an infectious disease specialist at Northwell Health University in Manhasset, New York, it depends on the situation. He explained that there are many factors to consider:
• Whether the shopping is made inside or outside: Shopping outside is safer
• Number of people shopping: The smaller the number of people, the easier it is to keep a social distance
• How many hours it takes you to buy: The sooner you spend, the better
• Positive rates of COVID-19 in local communities
But since most communities in the country are experiencing high rates of the disease, the risk of in-store shopping is alarming,” Hirschwerk warned.
Risks can be reduced, not eliminated
If you decide to shop in stores rather than online, there are some simple ways to reduce your risk of infection. First of all, you need to know that no activity in which individuals gather is considered completely safe during an outbreak.
However, direct shoppers should properly cover their noses and mouths, observing that shoppers and others do the same, and keep a distance of at least 1 to 2.5 meters.
“While packaging products does not pose any significant risks, it is a good idea to wash your hands after shopping,” says Hirschwerk. He added: “So far the biggest concern is the air we breath. This joint air is most at risk when we are close together and indoors.
Low-income areas most affected
A recent study found that the risk of infection in stores is doubled in low-income areas compared to high-income areas.
Therefore, consider the risks and social isolation when shopping to ensure that you can reduce the rate of COVID-19 infection.