How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping

With experts saying people should avoid crowded places because of the novel coronavirus, what should you do about grocery shopping? One option people are turning to is grocery delivery services.

Instacart, one of the largest services, told us that over the past week its sales growth swelled tenfold. In California, Washington, and New York—states where the most coronavirus cases have been reported so far—growth has been twentyfold.

“For older people and those with underlying health conditions—the group that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends stay home—I would highly recommend using a grocery delivery service,” says Jim Rogers, CR’s director of food safety research and testing.

But whether you buy groceries online or in stores, there are some simple steps you can take to try to limit your exposure to the novel coronavirus, and they’re not so different from what CR recommends you typically do.

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