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Grocery Shopping, Clean Hands and Infection Risk

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We all know we shouldn’t touch our faces with dirty hands. But you may not know that on average people touch their faces 16 times an hour. Over 250 times a day. Yikes!

So you go to the supermarket, park your car, get a sanitised trolley (if you’re lucky) and rub your hands with hand gel before you touch anything. Well done.

You start filling your trolley with goods. What you don’t know is that 30 seconds before you picked up that chicken pie someone else did, changed their mind, and put it back on the shelf. Infection Risk

You finish shopping and put all your goods on the conveyor belt. The cashier touches every single product as she scans them. Infection Risk.

You touch the payment device and accept the proferred receipt. Infection Risk.

You go to your car and touch the boot handle to open it, and put your bags in the boot, and then touch the driver door handle. Infection Risk x 2.

Now you’re in the car you rub your hands with hand gel again. Great stuff.

You get home, grab the shopping bags close the car door and the boot, touching both handles. Re-infection Risk x 2.

You then touch your front door. Infection Risk.

You unpack your bags onto the kitchen counter top. Infection Risk

You put your stuff in the fridge and cupboards. You touch the fridge & cupboard doors. Infection Risk x 2

Having unpacked your bags you wash your hands again. Well remembered.

You then open the fridge touching the handle to get some milk for a cup of tea. Ooops. Re-infection Risk.

You touch the kitchen counter top that you haven't cleaned. Infection Risk.

Your partner comes home and touches the front door that you infected...then touches the kitchen tap to wash their hands. Infection Risk.

Having washed their hands they turn off the tap re-infecting themselves, and then grab the TV remote.

And so it goes on...

Not so easy this keeping your hands clean business, is it?

Johnny😊

Johnny
27 days ago
What do you think of this?
TheChimp
TheChimp27 days ago

Bloody hell, Johnny !

As if we haven't got enough to worry about!

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Lynibis
Lynibis27 days ago

Finally allowed to be in a bubble with another household I went to visit my son & his family. I needed petrol and took an anti bac wipe to hold the nozzle with. I saw a sign saying 'we clean these pump handles regularly' but immediately thought how often is regularly? I then thought that if 6 people use it between cleans and the 3rd person leaves something nasty behind, 4 5 & 6 are going to pick it up so it is useless unless they clean after every customer. The funny part of this story is that I pulled the wipe out of the packet, got out of the car and half way through filling realised I was holding the wipe in the other hand!

Oh well, I wiped both hands thoroughly and used it to open door of garage!

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Johnny
Johnny
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26 days ago

Hi Lynibis

Holding the wipe in the wrong hand. Ha ha. Great.

I keep doing daft things first thing in the morning when I'm half asleep, like putting tea tags in the coffee perculator.

We're not alone. One of my mates found himself looking for pepper in his airing cupboard.

There's something dodgy in the air...messing with our brains!

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RuthSwain
RuthSwain26 days ago

We take a bottle out with pre-mixed zoflora, a 4 pt milk bottle of water and some carex anti bacterial soap. When shopping is done we wash our hands and then squirt the car door handles and boot that we touched opening the car. Once at home wash hands again and disinfect all the food packets with another squirty bottle of pre-mixed zoflora and wash fruit and veg under the tap. Then I disinfect the door handle, the keys, phones, worktops etc. I might be going overboard, but I'm an asthmatic and when I have an asthma attack that's hard enough, so I'm not taking any chances with me or my family

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Johnny
Johnny
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26 days ago

That’s interesting. I am beginning to think unless you go overboard, and are very thorough, it’s a bit of a waste of time. We don’t disinfect the toilet handle after every single flush, but I guess households should. But then where do you draw the line?

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc26 days ago

If you're that obsessed, then shop online or C&C.

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RuthSwain
RuthSwain26 days ago

PhilipMarc I did have an online shop booked and the night before I kept seeing things being swapped or no longer available. Click and collect isn't available locally so I have to travel 10+ miles for a c&c or 4 miles to my local supermarket and get everything apart from flour and icing sugar

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angemski
angemski26 days ago

I am not joking - I will need some serious discussions about my new OCD at the other end of this situation. We keep everyone out of the kitchen and prepare to receive deliveries. I'm not even going to explain how we tackle it but it's done with military precision and would give a Blacklist 'cleaner' a run for their money. 😜

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Lynibis
Lynibis26 days ago

Gosh, I just take in the delivery and put cold stuff in fridge/freezer as the bug doesn't live in very hot or very cold conditions. The rest I just leave on table until I can be bothered to put away as it can only live about 3 hours on packaging. I then wash my hands and go back to my TV lol.

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angemski
angemski26 days ago

Lynibis I did say I would seek help later....... I sit on the kitchen floor making sure every item is wiped with anti bac then cold stuff goes away first. The earlier WHO reports that neither hot nor cold could kill the virus hasn't yet been disproved.

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Ann1984
Ann198426 days ago

Lynibis i do same and hide goodies before kids see

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Lynibis
Lynibis26 days ago

angemski oh dear looks like I am doomed. I will have to hope the pickers, packers and deliverers are all covid free lol.

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Ann1984
Ann198426 days ago

I not gone out yet since March and won’t be doing any of the above except use hand gel after leaving store. i think if I done this I wouldn’t even go out as I forget so often i have even given up with the every hours cleaning. Was making my hands so dry

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angemski
angemski26 days ago

Ann1984 Have to say thank you for your advice on the delivery 'notes' huge improvement and expiry dates.

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Ann1984
Ann198426 days ago

angemski your welcome

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RiannonWood
RiannonWood26 days ago

I’m so glad someone feels the same I’ve been trapped in this circle it’s impossible to break I sack out the bleach or detail spray as soon as I can any and every moment possible always spraying the handles as strategically as poss!

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Pjran
Pjran26 days ago

We get our deliveries from supermarkets and I’m please to say my husband wipes everything down as he puts it away. Trying my hardest to keep social distancing is a real struggle especially when granddaughter visits. Fortunately she’s a baby but I’d love to hold and cuddle her.

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Nino786
Nino78626 days ago

Just try and do as much as you can.

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