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How Can You Safely Grocery Shop in the Time of Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Suggest

Time Magazine interviewed UCLA Fielding School of Public Health distinguished professor Dr. Jonathan Fielding on how to shop safely during the pandemic, including wiping credit and debit clean both before and after use.

Friday, March 27, 2020

As coronavirus spreads globally, grocery shopping has become one of the most anxiety-producing but necessary activities for millions of people around the world.

With many governments enforcing shelter-in-place orders in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, heading to the store for food and essential supplies has become one of the only times many people leave their homes. Prepping for the trip can feel overwhelming: Should you wear gloves or a mask? Should you wipe down that tomato? What’s the safest way to pay?

To answer these questions and more, TIME reached out to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health experts about what steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you while grocery shopping. Here’s what to know.