If You’re Ordering Out During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Follow a Doctor’s 2 Essential Tips

Between the long lines, the uneven stock, and the stress of maintaining social distance, it's not surprising that many of us are opting for takeout and grocery delivery instead of braving stores. (Takeout in particular is also a good way to support your local businesses.) You're probably familiar with the recommendations for public social interactions, like maintaining two meters of distance and wearing a face mask, but what about for deliveries? You're not in a large crowd, but it's still important to keep your safety and the safety of delivery service employees in mind. POPSUGAR spoke with Dean Winslow, MD, an infectious-disease doctor at Stanford Health Care, to figure out how.

In general, "there's no reason to worry about having someone come to your door to deliver food or supplies," Dr. Winslow said. It's a safe and convenient option because many people are being asked to limit excursions outside of the home, he noted. "The chances of your being infected by someone dropping off food are low."

If you're receiving groceries, takeout, or other packages at your home, continue to maintain six feet of space between yourself and the delivery person, just as you would in public interactions. Many services are simply dropping packages at the door, but if you anticipate being face to face, consider wearing a mask. (Here's how to make your own your face mask.)

After handling a delivery, Dr. Winslow said, it's a good idea to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer; you should do the same after you leave the grocery store, he added. Many people are taking the extra steps of unpacking groceries and deliveries in an entryway or garage, then wiping down the packaging with antibacterial wipes or spray. According to Dr. Winslow, this may be unnecessary. "It doesn't make sense in terms of the way we know the virus is spread," he explained.

As a reminder, the coronavirus is transmitted by "fairly large particle droplets," Dr. Winslow explained, the kind you expel when you cough, sneeze, or exhale. "Minimizing your exposure to large crowds, particularly when you're indoors, makes a lot of sense," he said. That's why getting takeout or a grocery delivery service may be a good idea: you're not only decreasing your risk of picking up (or spreading) the virus by staying home but also reducing crowds in stores to make social distancing easier. In terms of direct transmission, though, "there's no evidence that this is a foodborne disease," Dr. Winslow said. The virus Read More – Source