Before you go out, it is a good idea to plan your itinerary in order to optimize your trip and commute. Make sure to make the minimal amount of stops and gather all your essential items (without stockpiling them) to limit the number of times you will go out during the week.
Avoid rush hour periods to minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Check if your grocery offers exclusive shopping timeframes for at risk-group and make sure to respect their specific guidelines. Some groceries have implemented a one-person by household shopping policy, as to limit gatherings indoors.
Touch only what you intend on purchasing – do not touch unnecessary items. Inspect them with your eyes first, and then pick them up.
Hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water remains the most efficient way to fend off COVID-19.
It is important to wash hands in these situations:
While there is no evidence supporting that COVID-19 is transmitted through food itself (although the virus can survive on food surfaces and get on your hands through contact), it is never a bad idea to wash your fresh produce thoroughly before consumption.
Social distancing measures still apply even though you are cleared to run essential errands. Make sure to keep a distance of 2 meters between yourself and other people. Other tips include:
If you are part of at-risk groups (elderly or immunocompromised people), stay home. Many establishments offer delivery services to provide you what you need right from the comfort of your home, whether it is food or medication. Your pharmacy also offers services allowing you to stay home in self-isolation to protect yourself:
Delivery Services must follow strict hygiene standards to stay operational, so rest assured they are the safest method for you and others to get your essential items.
If you need to, have a family who lives separately, or a friend help run errands for you.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your medication, please call your pharmacist.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.