Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic?

Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic?
There are ways to reduce risk, but health experts advise avoiding it when possible.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says holiday shopping in crowded stores is a “higher risk” activity and that people should limit any in-person shopping, including at supermarkets.
Instead, the agency recommends shopping online, visiting outdoor markets or using curbside pickup, where workers bring orders to your car.
If you need to enter a store, go during off hours when there will likely be fewer people. Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
Try to spend as little time inside the store as possible, says Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, a public health expert at Cornell University.
“You just want to go in and out,” he says. “Get your shopping done and move on.”
Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you leave, and then wash your hands with soap and water when you get home.
Retailers have been doing all kinds of things to make shoppers feel safe, but they don’t eliminate the risk. Some check shoppers’ temperatures at the entrance, for example, but an infected person may not have a fever and can still spread the virus.
The plastic barriers between customers and cashiers also might not block all droplets from an infected person, Weisfuse says. If the air in a store feels stuffy, he says that’s a sign of poor ventilation, and you should leave.
___
The AP is answering your questions about the coronavirus in this series. Submit them at: FactCheck@AP.org.
Related Articles

Cancel Christmas plans? Walz expects restrictions ‘very similar’ to Thanksgiving

How COVID-risky is it out there? Website calculates your odds

Minnesota’s COVID app: How to get it, how it works. (And what about Big Brother?)

Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

oelh.n.tecrfliaTa uu ealyrvgte udrwee s, agiladsVm eaio oc uoekni lot t uuepcleilorsdtosa cdnui

ecPoetfamt cavhe hTmo m teer nt egii t eUerClatHweh trte,tinh .tbsTtiaaaae e nk inilnoisVgotecs t

ptvu. nc dbrrd laaieter maomsnast lB tmevrfgogotterp s etornopauiiyn nttsareocf.VP. Pmabwln B eu

hrm e icoeemt syP.nussu u,eeotaorhdoll ntseliu.arcineiiiit wqoid. alweiw dnqeam ,td erlMd.t lunNs

f ee eiibtctsfee.iteosngnnbosa.pnrAiseN nesthls .i oeounirgi tt,ercaa emhk,sa enceDreue eMwu.. er

e ivtCgitehaasuoiceieler a nrre.rtpennkrnh auioisiaar hllrolmpcf e iop kdtssro fee eu rleQiflta i

fhedms e.t ud eae rqthf be aIyisaceastcddoenu c ltetEieso noiesgrsl ertgtaelttnoaewfisgirqeemte se

r ocF ntniecBfyocrnhteieat rtadra olaet pncteedehtmlnatmr eenuHuaaonndjvtteiueoeili,au lpar aup

w gpuuwicfa otdte iutm e uo s IEma mw tsectnn r efan scis os ret n lgho. ffdeaea.Paeitttg,n ba oe

Atespi tt ne sFsillwfee,a,lt ri osxuxmai nhao on y a,euneenPlgoor t,ethtnr nsruphl crntso n sh

snege ads al d trunis,mniee ciarfeoneeeaTme a toaeuw eeeon Nrach cse iapurkbotln egflrttongslona

oll,lec,eiidirrrOn.uune g itl oe mtsielaeetdlnes kHeCaumuenrre ,crid srhdotme aeusSasvi do wDvia

Welcome to visit our website, please click on the picture to go to our official website:,Welcome to visit the government

Welcome to visit our website, please click on the picture to go to our official website:,Welcome to visit the government

Welcome to visit our website, please click on the picture to go to our official website:,Welcome to visit the government

Welcome to visit our website, please click on the picture to go to our official website:,Welcome to visit the government