The Corona crisis is keeping England and the world in suspense. Many people feel insecure and fearful. That is totally understandable. After all, there has never been a situation like this. A situation in which keeping your distance and compassion are important at the same time. In fact, keeping your distance may be the only way we can show true compassion.
Many people also have question marks when it comes to shopping. It is advised to stockpile, but not too many. You should be able to do without shopping for 7-10 days. But don’t hoard. How many cans of tomato are right now? Two or three? Can I take more than one pack of toilet paper with me? Or am I already past my goal?
Buying Supplies with Moderation
The federal government recommends that you stockpile without going overboard. This is because if you don’t go shopping every day, but only once a week, you reduce your contact with others. Should you spontaneously have to go into quarantine or develop symptoms of illness, you no longer have to go outside and thus help to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. But if everyone wants to stock up for the next three months, not for 10 days, then it will not be enough for everyone.
The result: people go outside the door more often, maybe even when they don’t really feel good. And old and weak people can no longer protect themselves properly because they have to go out, again and again, to get hold of a pack of toilet paper, for example. By the way: Real bottlenecks are not to be expected in England. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food has emphasized this again and again.
This is How You Take Care of Yourself and Others
If everyone buys in moderation, we reduce the risk of infection and ensure that nobody has to switch to newspapers for personal hygiene.
We want to show you how you can take care of yourself and others while shopping. Therefore, here are our six ultimate shopping tips for grocery shopping in times of Corona crisis.
6 Tips for Solidarity Shopping
1. Make a list
Not sure how much of what to buy? No problem. Sit down quietly and make a list. Think about how much you and the other people in your household use in a week. Make a very specific note of what you would eat (for example, muesli on Monday morning, pasta with vegetables at lunchtime, bread with cheese in the evening). Think about whether the changed situation (home office, children at home) changes something in your previous eating habits.
Once you’ve put together a menu, use it to create a shopping list. Check your cleaning and detergent supplies and note what needs to be replenished. But the same applies here: you don’t have to make provisions for the next four months. But for the next two weeks.
2. Stick to the list when shopping
When you’re in the supermarket, you might get the reflex to buy a little more of everything. Pace yourself. Just remember that the others need something too. If you have way too much of one thing on the shelf, it harms everyone.
3. Change your times
Do you actually prefer to shop in the afternoon during the week? This may not be the best time right now. For your own protection, too, it is better if there are fewer people in the business. The federal government has relaxed the opening times for grocery stores and other markets. You can now open on Sundays, for example. So maybe late at night during the week or very early in the morning on Sunday is a good time to avoid crowds in the supermarket. See what works well in your area.
4. Keep your distance
In the grocery store, make sure you keep your distance from others. At least 1.5 meters, to be precise. There was no jostling at the checkout, no “just reaching in between,” and no friendly chatter in the immediate vicinity. If you feel sick, stay at home and ask someone else to go for you.
5.Wash your hands
The latest scientific publications suggest that the virus can survive for a few days on smooth surfaces. You can still buy the tin of pizza tomatoes. The fact that viruses also have a certain survival span outside the body is basically nothing new. It is all the more important that you pay attention to your personal hygiene. Do not touch your face when shopping, do not eat on the go and the first thing you should do at home is wash your hands thoroughly (at least 20 to 30 seconds) with soap.
Despite all the good intentions, but hoarded? Ain’t the end of the world, especially not if you share your over-bought goods with others. For example, you could post a list in your house and write down where you can leave something. Neighbours who urgently need something can put themselves on the list, and you put what you want in front of their door. Or you donate your groceries to the board. Homeless and needy people are being hit particularly hard by the Corona crisis.