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No, You Don’t Need To Disinfect Your Groceries. But Here’s How To Shop Safely

The vast majority of the country is under lockdown right now. But stay-at-home orders come with a few exceptions — like grocery shopping.

Many of us are still venturing out to stock up on food and toiletries. But what’s the safest way to shop during this pandemic? And what should you do once you’ve brought your haul home?

We asked infectious disease, virology and food safety experts to share their tips about safe grocery shopping — and what you can stop worrying about.

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It’s Still Safe to Order Food Delivery From Restaurants. Just Take These Basic Precautions.

In many cities right now, supporting your local restaurant means ordering takeout or delivery, but even if you’re not dining in a crowded restaurant, you may be wondering how vigilant you should be about the food that comes via these delivery services. (You may be wondering about sanitizing your groceries, too, which we’ve also addressed.) Here are the best things you can do when you’re receiving delivered restaurant food.

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Should You Sanitize Your Groceries?

With the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are cooking from home more than ever before. Though you’re probably doing your best to practice social distancing and stay inside, you may be wondering if the food, packaging, and grocery bags you bring into your home need to be sanitized. It’s a valid concern, considering all of the hands that have touched the apples in your fridge or the cans of tuna in your pantry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transmission of the virus is far more likely to spread through respiratory droplets from an infected person and much less likely via surfaces, materials, or food. So you probably don’t need to do more than what’s usually recommended to safely sanitize surfaces and prepare food. That said, we understand that you may have specific questions about the risks. Here’s what you need to know about handling grocery bags, packaged food, and produce after you return from the store or when you have food delivered to your door.

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