How to Avoid bringing Groceries contaminated with Covid-19 into Your House! – PanPod #3 

By  Henry Rose Lee

How to Avoid bringing Groceries contaminated with Covid-19 into Your House! - PanPod #3

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Podcast #3 focuses on groceries, and how to get rid of any Covid-19 contamination that might be present.

Hi, I’m Henry Rose Lee and Welcome to my Podcast.

This is Podcast (PanPod) #3 containing advice For All Generations during the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown.

You can listen to PanPod#2 HERE

In this short episode, we give you our ‘Ten Top Tips to Avoid Bringing Contaminated Groceries Into Your House from the Supermarket’.

I hope you find these helpful…

Relax and enjoy this podcast episode…

Here’s a full and compete transcript:

As you know, Henry, I’ve always been a bit of a scientist, so I was okay with the pandemic when they started talking about isolation, not going out, you know, made total sense to me. But I also felt there was a bit of a lack of information around going food shopping because actually, if you’re bringing stuff back into your house, that might be a bit of a problem. So today’s podcast is about trying to remove the risk of COVID-19 on groceries that you might bring back into your house.

Henry Rose Lee
Yes that’s right, and I want to start by saying straightaway that we’re not experts, and we’re not guaranteeing this advice is 100% accurate, but we do believe that if you take these steps you’ll be more likely to avoid the risk of bringing COVID-19 contamination into your home.

So today we’re looking at the sterile technique. It’s a system used by operating theatres in hospitals, and Dr. Jeffrey van Wingen who has been a doctor for more than 20 years has a great YouTube video, and it shows us how to reduce or eliminate contamination from the microorganisms that can pass the virus on.

So, very interesting. Where should we start Henry?

Henry Rose Lee
Well let’s start with timings. The virus lasts for about three hours when it’s in the air, but on cardboard and paper, it can last for around 24 hours. On plastics and metals and other hard surfaces, it can last for around three days.

Okay. So that brings us to the next point about going shopping, because those items in the supermarket might be contaminated.

Henry Rose Lee
Yes, they might be.

Okay, so let’s imagine you’re in the store. It’s the old advice we were given as children, “don’t play with your food”. Don’t pick up and put back down items on the shelves, because you could be passing on your infection to other people.

Look for what you want, decide what you want, decide you’re going to buy it and then pick it up and put it into your basket and don’t touch it again until you get to the checkout.

Okay, so been around the supermarket we’ve got our shopping, and then we get it back home. Now what?

Henry Rose Lee
Okay, now what, here comes the top 10.

So, Number One: Don’t bring groceries into your house until you need them. Instead, leave them in the garage, the porch, or the car.

Number Two: Before bringing food in, clear a surface like a kitchen worktop, and sanitise it thoroughly.

Number Three: Imagine one half of that worktop is the dirty half and the other half is the clean half, so when you bring groceries into the house, you’ll put them all down on the dirty half of the worktop. Then you deal with each pack or product one by one, making sure that they’re clean before putting them on the clean side of the worktop.

Number Four: With light cardboard boxes such as boxes of cereals, open the box without touching the inner bag, and then empty that inner bag onto the clean half of the worktop.

Number Five: With bottles and cans, wipe them with sanitizer or disinfectant and put them onto the clean side. If you like you can also wash them in a bowl of water for at least 20 seconds.

Number Six: With tougher packaging and cartons such as a carton of juice, spray the packs with sanitizer and then put them in the clean half of the worktop.

Number Seven: As for fruit and veg, if it’s packed in plastic airtight packs, open the plastic pack and tip the items onto the clean side of the worktop without touching them. If it’s loose fruit and veg, then you’re going to wash them in water only for at least 20 seconds.

Number Eight: We know that microwaving food can kill germs. So if you want to microwave food when cooking, that will work well. But don’t freeze uncooked food without it going through the cleaning precautions first. Viruses can survive in a freezer for up to two years, so please do take extra measures at this time.

Number Nine: Remember to spray, wipe and clean your car keys, your credit cards and your phones. Remember, they’ve been out with you too.

And Number 10: With home deliveries, don’t let the delivery person come into your house. Ask them to leave the delivery on the doorstep, and then go through your cleaning routine after they’ve gone.

Okay, that’s great. 10 Hot Tips there. I just like to add one thing and that’s when you use sanitizer, can we also use wet wipes because they are sanitised. Is that what you mean or you can spray disinfectant on to say, a kitchen roll and use that?

Henry Rose Lee
All of the above is great. All of those are ways that you can get things clean, and it’s whatever works for you and whatever you’ve got in the house. We can’t always get Dettol wipes – other brands are available – but get what you can and use what you can, it’s just the important point is to clean things.

Absolutely. That’s great advice. Thanks for today’s podcast, and we’ll be seeing you again next week, I guess, Henry.

Henry Rose Lee
See you soon. Bye bye.

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About the author

Henry Rose Lee

Henry is a recognised authority on Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers in the workplace. She helps businesses to recruit, engage and retain their younger employees, and helps individuals to ignite their talents and carve out an outstanding career, whatever their age.

Through her keynote speeches, workshops and coaching, you will understand the evolution of leadership in what is sometimes called ‘the Shift Age’, so you can avoid common pitfalls and help your organisation (and yourself) to thrive.

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