Risk of getting Covid-19 from grocery shopping is "very small" says immunologist 8 months ago

Risk of getting Covid-19 from grocery shopping is "very small" says immunologist

There are far more likely ways to contract Covid-19.

The risk of contracting Covid-19 while shopping in the supermarket is "very small" according to an immunology expert.

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Trinity College Dublin Professor of Experimental Immunology, Dr Kingston Mills, said it was far more likely that you would contract Covid-19 from contact with a confirmed case, rather than when you're grocery shopping.

He stressed the major risk was from breathing droplets that someone had sneezed or coughed out, and warned to observe social distancing to minimise the chances of this method of transmission.

“I think the extent of the risk of picking up the virus when shopping is very small," Mills said during a Q and A on Morning Ireland on Thursday morning.

“I think if you are sensible, perhaps use gloves if you are going shopping and then dispose of them when you take them off but more importantly just wash your hands.

“People have said maybe they should wash the wrappings on them.

“My advice would be use your gloves, take off the wrapping, dispose of them and everything should be fine but quite frankly these are low risk in compared to being in contact with someone that's infectious.

“That's a far more important message to get across and it comes back to distancing yourself from people who are potentially infected rather than picking it up from shopping."

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