The Malta Independent 5 June 2020, Friday

Coronavirus: How to avoid bringing germs into your home with your groceries

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:06 Last update: about 3 months ago

Groceries should be left in ‘quarantine’ for a few days before being used, a leading virologist has recommended.

Speaking on TVM, Dr Chris Barbara also suggested that, should one need to use the groceries immediately, these should be wiped down with a disinfectant.

The video above also gives some helpful tips on how we can avoid bringing the virus into our homes with our shopping.


It is advisable to leave groceries outside the house, for example in the garage, for at least three days. This is because the virus can survive for a number of days on plastic and metal surfaces.

Plan and write down what you need to buy before going to the supermarket. This will help you cut down on the time spent there and you are also likely to touch fewer items.

Buy items for a week or two, so you don’t have to go to the store on a daily basis.

People with respiratory problems should avoid going to the shops. Ask if someone can do the shopping for you.

Wipe down the groceries with a disinfectant.

Get rid of external package where possible, without contaminating the inside packaging.

Fruit and vegetables can be washed with water and soap.

Yes, the process can be a bit time-consuming, but let’s face it, most of us have more extra time on our hands during this partial lock-down.

A bit of extra care can keep you, your loved ones, and our communities safer.

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