COVID-19: Grocery Shopping and Take Out Food

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Mar 26, 2020

Most likely when/if we need to buy groceries we always wipe down the cart handles with an antiseptic wipe. However, how do you protect yourself when you bring those groceries into your home? I just viewed this video from a physician in Grand Rapids, Michigan who offers some suggestions. Perhaps you will not find all of these suggestions helpful or practical, but I learned a lot. Here is the link to this YouTube video,

@sueinmn

@feisty76 Heat kills Covid-19, so cooking any produce to at least 160F makes it safe. I think your practice of washing all produce is a good one – if you use soap, water (any temp) and friction (as in handwashing) on hard-skinned fruits – oranges, apples, bananas, etc it is safe to handle and eat. Still looking around for definitive answers on soft fruits and fresh greens – we have taken them off the menu for now. Our produce stands are open here (basically one-person, outdoor businesses, and friends shop them for all of us.) My friend says most greens and soft fruits and veggies aren't even being offered there now – so a lot of people must have quit buying out of caution. Looking forward to getting home where I can raise my own greens!
A final word – I have looked high and low, and there is no evidence that vinegar in any concentration is an effective disinfectant against Covid-19, even though I see recipes for it on the Internet every day. A few places I consider reliable, such as Consumer Reports and the World Economic Forum (both gather their info from many sources) specifically note that there is no evidence vinegar (acetic acid) kills coronaviruses.
Stay safe everyone, but continue to eat healthy!
Sue

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Yes, I understand that heat and cooking produce kills the virus. I'm just staying away from grocery stores right now because of lung issues which make me more vulnerable to the shoppers as well as fresh foods. Pretty well stocked up and getting more creative with some meals. Smiles I haven't seen recommendations either for using vinegar as a disinfectant…I've been sticking with a bit of Dawn in lukewarm water and scrubbing harder skinned fruits with a veggie brush.

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@lioness

@mayofeb You say your not buying anymore vegies or fruits that isn't good you won't be getting the nutrients you need . I hope this means your getting frozen instead

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Lioness, Sincere thanks for your concern. I am well stocked on frozen and canned veggies and fruits. Just staying out of the grocery stores for now due to caution.

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@fiesty76

Yes, I understand that heat and cooking produce kills the virus. I'm just staying away from grocery stores right now because of lung issues which make me more vulnerable to the shoppers as well as fresh foods. Pretty well stocked up and getting more creative with some meals. Smiles I haven't seen recommendations either for using vinegar as a disinfectant…I've been sticking with a bit of Dawn in lukewarm water and scrubbing harder skinned fruits with a veggie brush.

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@fiesty76 When I stated about washing your vegies with vinegar and water It wasnt about a virus somehow Sue thought I said this for washings of vegies and fruit concerning the covid-19 virus This is misinformation.,which I didn't say

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Thanks for clarification, Lioness. Just know there is a great deal of misinformation out there and wanting everyone to stay as safe as possible. Good deal.

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@lioness

@fiesty76 When I stated about washing your vegies with vinegar and water It wasnt about a virus somehow Sue thought I said this for washings of vegies and fruit concerning the covid-19 virus This is misinformation.,which I didn't say

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@lioness Sorry I wasn't clear. People are reaching for "any port in a storm" these days, so it was only meant to clarify. I continue to receive messages & posts daily telling me vinegar, or essential oil, or lemon juice, or ??? will protect against the Virus. We need to make sure people don't misinterpret, that while these may work on other contaminants, they do nothing to protect us from Covid-19.
Hope you are staying safe & well.
Today we're trying a new activity – each driving our own cars to the state park 2 miles away & walking the trails there – where only the paths are open. We decided if there are too many other people with the same idea so we can't stay a safe distance, we'll come home.

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@sueinmn

@lioness Sorry I wasn't clear. People are reaching for "any port in a storm" these days, so it was only meant to clarify. I continue to receive messages & posts daily telling me vinegar, or essential oil, or lemon juice, or ??? will protect against the Virus. We need to make sure people don't misinterpret, that while these may work on other contaminants, they do nothing to protect us from Covid-19.
Hope you are staying safe & well.
Today we're trying a new activity – each driving our own cars to the state park 2 miles away & walking the trails there – where only the paths are open. We decided if there are too many other people with the same idea so we can't stay a safe distance, we'll come home.

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Pure Inspiration ! If you've not seen this, I hope you'll be able to access this hope lifting video: today.com/video/rising-up-a…
How and what medical mercy bringers and others are doing during this time of crisis in our lives. If these can do it, we can too,yes?

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@hopeful33250

It looks like the link produces the YouTube video, not sure how to fix it.

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Hi @hopeful3320 and @fiesty76, here is the video link https://youtu.be/sjDuwc9KBps
If you put the video link in sentence or the same line as text, it will appear as a URL (link). If the link is on a line by itself, it will show as a video to play.

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Thank you, Colleen, for the video tips. I've saved them to a reference file because I never understood how these worked differently.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @hopeful3320 and @fiesty76, here is the video link https://youtu.be/sjDuwc9KBps
If you put the video link in sentence or the same line as text, it will appear as a URL (link). If the link is on a line by itself, it will show as a video to play.

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Thanks, @colleenyoung, I wasn't aware of that!

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This article came in my email this morning and I think it's pretty good. Frankly I think we will still not be doing takeout but the other interesting thing is that you do not need to worry about the food you eat because COVID is not spread through the digestive tract, it is spread through the respiratory system, so apparently you do not need to worry about the food and COVID, just the containers that the food comes in. Those need to be sanitized just like anything else coming into your home. .
https://www.livestrong.com/article/13725813-avoid-germs-takeout-food-delivery/
JK

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Thanks for this link, JK. I'm not planning on take out either but will share this article with others who are.

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