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Should you wash all packaged goods and groceries when you get home from shopping?

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If you are at risk for a severe illness with COVID-19, consider using a delivery service or ask a friend to get groceries for you. They can leave the shopping outside your door.

If you have to go grocery shopping, wear a face mask adn go when it will be less crowded. Use disinfecting wipes to clean your shopping cart and bags. Maintain a 6 foot distance from others as you get in and out quickly. Don’t touch your face. At checkout minimize contact with high touch surfaces by using your own pen or stylus to sign receipts and push keypads. Use hand sanitizer as you leave the store.

According to the FDA, food and food packaging have not been linked with the spread of COVID-19.

Since the virus can survive on surfaces (up to 24 hours on cardboard), practice usual hygiene. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol before, during, and after handling food or food packaging. Fruits and veggies that are not prewashed should be scrubbed well under running water. Disinfect surfaces in your food prep and cooking areas including high touch items and areas. Discard packaging outside.

Centers for Disease Control

Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020

Centers for Disease Control

Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 13, 2020

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