In general, being among large crowds isn’t the safest option at the moment. In-person grocery shopping is an essential errand for the majority of us, so there has to be a way to execute it safely, right?

While there’s no foolproof way to evade the elusive coronavirus, there are things you can do to lessen your chances of getting it. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland elaborates on how you can stay safe and healthy below.

Why Is In-Person Grocery Shopping Unsafe?

Being in large crowds wasn’t a good idea before COVID-19 rates were skyrocketing and Bradley County was on the New York Times list as one of the coronavirus hotspots in the nation. But now, it’s even worse of an idea.

Local hospitals are chocked full of COVID-19 patients, and they simply don’t have much room for many more. Doing your part to stay safe and healthy when it comes to your weekly chores is the best call for all involved.

COVID-19 Health-Safety Protocols to Follow

  • Masking up
  • Staying socially distant when possible
  • Washing your hands with soap and water often
  • Staying home if you are dealing with COVID-19-related symptoms

Are There Ways to Grocery Shop Online?

There are! Most local grocery stores have delivery services and contactless pick-up options to make grocery shopping a safer activity. If your particular grocery store doesn’t offer its own online services, check out apps like Instacart and Shipt for a safe, easy grocery shopping experience.

If you simply have an aversion to online shopping, we’ve listed some ways to shop safely below.

Ways to Make In-Person Shopping Safer

  • Shop earlier. Whether it’s earlier in the day or earlier in the month, getting your shopping done sooner than later bodes well for your health.
  • Buy more when you do shop. If you have the financial means, shop for a couple of weeks to a month at a time. The more you get on your grocery runs, the less you’ll have to go back.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it after handling frequently touched items.

AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants you and your family to stay healthy this winter! Visit us if you are feeling under the weather.