What's The Risk Of Touching Objects In A Grocery Store?
In our series "What's the Risk?" experts weigh in on what risks different scenarios pose for transmitting COVID-19.
When it comes to getting sick with COVID-19, you might be thinking about this, and we have too. Katiana Krawchenko asks:
"So you’re in the grocery store and touch something someone else has touched. What’s the risk?"
Newsy asked the experts: Jason Farley, professor of nursing, infectious disease-trained nurse epidemiologist and nurse practitioner in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Medicine; Katie Cary, vice president of infection prevention, HCA Continental Division; and Dr. Mary Schmidt, president of Schmidt and Libby Health Advisory Group, board-certified infectious diseases doctor, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and clinical faculty at the Northern Virginia Inova.
Their take — contracting COVID-19 from grocery shopping is medium risk.
"In the grocery store, you should basically treat the environment as contaminated, treat it as if it has virus on it. When you've completed your shopping experience, you need to, No. 1, clean your hands. And that goes from the exchange of those groceries into the cart and the cart onto the lane and the lane in the bag," Farley said. "But most importantly, I try to Purell [my hands] before I'm handing something to the cashier to also protect them. As well as after — before and after. I'm using the PIN pad for the credit card. Again, to protect the next user who may not be as infection control savvy as I am. So that's something else you can do. And then finally, once I get my groceries in the car, I Purell again one final time just to make sure that I clean my hands before getting into my own vehicle."
"Rinsing off those fruit and vegetables or whatever you're touching before you eat them is important, but I just can't stress enough the importance of just washing your hands," Cary said.
Tyre Nichols video: Here are some of the key takeaways
A fatal beating. Cries for his mom. Officers cheering each other on. Here are some of the key takeaways from the Tyre Nichols police bodycam footage.By City of Memphis via AP
Memphis disbands SCORPION Unit after Tyre Nichols' video release
The unit's disbandment comes as protests have spread throughout the city in recent days.By Gerald Herbert / AP
FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men
The FDA announced draft guidelines that would do away with the three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men.By Francois Mori / AP
Damar Hamlin thankful, speaks publicly for 1st time in video
Amid thanks for the outpouring of support, Damar Hamlin noted that he continues to make goo progress in his recovery.By Joshua Bessex / AP
UK leader fires party chairman over tax bill allegations
He had faced days of pressure to sack Nadhim Zahawi amid allegations he settled a multimillion-dollar unpaid tax bill while in charge of the Treasury.By Alastair Grant / AP
Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed
The daily ritual resembles a race for concert tickets when online sales begin for a major act.By Elliot Spagat / AP