Virologist Says Wash Your Fruits and Vegetables With Soap Because COVID19 Can Contaminate Any Surface
When it comes to COVID-19 a virologist has confirmed that ‘every surface is a hazard’. In this regards supermarket customers need take extra care of the loose fruit and vegetables in the store.
As the coronavirus restrictions heighten in Australia Timothy Newsome, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, who specializes in infections, vaccines and virology, has been following along closely. He told FEMAIL that when patrons do their weekly grocery shopping they should particularly wary of the fruit and veg aisle as customers are constantly picking up and placing back down items. The reason is because the virus can live on most surfaces.
Prof. Newsome explained the potential danger of contaminated surfaces
Newsome explained: “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.”
Testing ‘every avocado for coronavirus’ would be ‘poor practice’, but Prof. Newsome did say that anything people can touch poses a potential problem. He said: ‘People working in the supermarkets should be picking all of the fruit and veg up and setting it back down with protection.’
Shelf stackers and general workers practiced precautionary measures such as wearing gloves and disinfecting their hands
On a lucky note, he stated that a large proportion of shelf stackers and general workers wore gloves and disinfected their hands at every turn. As soon as you bring your fruits and vegetables home, the best course of action would be to wash them. Don’t simply rely on the high heat of cooking to kill the germs of the virus. According to him, it would be best to wash them with warm soapy water just like you would wash your hands.
Woolworths have begun employing all the necessary precautionary protocols to stop the spread of the virus
A Woolworths employee that she has seen a number of drastic measures enforced at her local store which have been helping to keep the working environment safe. She further went on to say: ‘There is certainly social distancing at checkouts. So every second register is closed at the moment including self-serve. We have gloves supplied to us, hand sanitizer as well. However, it’s currently a personal preference to wear gloves or not.’
Cleaners and others were made to sanitize the work place every 20 minutes
She also stated that there were even cleaners who came in to wipe down registers, screens, and eftops pinpads who would walk around every 20 minutes to do their job. ‘It’s very good for us. One less thing to worry about at this point,’ she said.
While she may be an employee there, she doesn’t exactly work in the fruit and veg area. Likewise, she thought that nothing had changed in that area. However, they soon may incorporate special cleaning procedures.
Many have employed the social distancing and the rest of the precautionary practices to combat the spread of the coronavirus
Social distancing practices have indeed been put into place by companies like Coles and others, and they have also given all workers to hand sanitizers. In order to allow the elderly patrons a chance to do their shopping before the larger community, they have even started a ‘community hour’ in the morning.