Doctor shares tips for safe grocery shopping

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EDINBURG, Texas – A doctor shares tips on what people can do to reduce their chances of getting COVID-19 when going to the grocery store. 

Food is an everyday need, but even when you do go to the store, Dr. Leonel Vela, professor of UTRGV School of Medicine said social distancing is a must. 

“That needs to be a very, very central focus of our control measures here,” said Vela. 

To reduce your chances of catching the virus, Vela advises planning ahead and having a list filled with two weeks of groceries.

“Time is an important factor in viral transmission,” said Vela. “So, the more time that someone is at a venue like a grocery store obviously there’s more risks there.”

Before hitting the aisles, Vela said you should disinfect your cart and as your shopping you should only touch the items that you are buying. 

Vela said according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there is no evidence to support that there is COVID-19 transmission associated with food, but adds that people should be taking the same precautions.

“We need to wash our hands when handling groceries [and] when handling any items that we bring from the grocery store,” said Vela. 

So as far as disinfecting your groceries once you get home.

“Disinfecting any items that come from the outside is a good practice,” said Vela.

Vela recommends rinsing fruits and vegetables under water as some people could have allergies to soap.

Vela advises individuals who are currently under self-quarantine or have underlying medical conditions to avoid going to the grocery store at all costs. 

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