Reentry During Covid

These posts usually discuss some aspect of advance directives.  Recently when I attended a celebration with 9 people in attendance, I thought others might have the same concerns as myself as we venture out during the Covid pandemic. Here are a few Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tips when grocery shopping, getting deliveries or takeout and getting gas.

Grocery Shopping

Order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible).  Only visit the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person when you absolutely need to. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.  Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.  When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).  If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.  Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.  Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.

After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer.  When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Follow food safety guidelines: clean, separate, cook and chill.  There is no evidence that food or food packaging play a significant role in spreading the virus in the United States.

Deliveries & Takeout

Use delivery services when possible.  Limit in person contact if possible.  Pay online or on the phone when you order (if possible).

Accept deliveries without in-person contact whenever possible. Ask for deliveries to be left in a safe spot outside your house (such as your front porch or lobby), with no person-to-person interaction. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person.

After receiving your delivery or bringing home your takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Getting Gas

Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available).  After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

General Rules for Gatherings:

The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:

Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.

Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” –  Stephen Hawking

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