Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables With SOAP: Virologist Confirms COVID-19 Contaminates All Surfaces Including Fresh Produce
4All surfaces can be contaminated
The Professor said ‘We have to remember that every surface is potentially contaminated. And like with any surface there is a risk,’ we don’t see it as high risk because that comes from sustained contact with other people, but nonetheless it’s important to be mindful.’ He also clarified that it may not be practical and illogical testing every potato or avocado for coronavirus but at the same time, anything that people touch can be a problem. He advised that supermarket workers should wear protection when picking up fruits and vegetables.
5Most handlers in stores are being disinfected
He also noted that it was a good thing that several shelf stackers and general grocery workers were wearing gloves and disinfecting their hands frequently. The best course of action in these times as the virus is raging is to wash your fruits and vegetables with soap immediately after bringing them home. Don’t rely on just cooking them on high heat to kill the virus. Wash them with warm soapy water in the same way you are doing your hands.
6Local stores are adopting drastic measures
One employee from Woolworths said that some local stores are enforcing drastic measures in ensuring that the working environments are kept safe. ‘There is certainly social distancing at checkouts. So, every second register is closed at the moment including self-serve,’ she said. ‘We have gloves supplied to us, hand sanitiser as well. However, it’s currently a personal preference to wear gloves or not.’
7Screens and registers are also cleaned thoroughly
She also explained that cleaners were regularly coming and wiping down registers, screens, and eftpos pinpads every 20 minutes. This is one big advantage that gives workers less to worry about. The employee also said that new cleaning measures are also going to be incorporated soon. There are many stores who are distributing hand sanitizers where a community hour has also started to show elderly patrons a chance to perform shopping before the majority community.