How to protect yourself from viruses when shopping

How to protect yourself from viruses when shopping

The main source: smear infections

The transmission of viruses through physical contact, in most cases through the hands, is referred to as a smear infection. The counterpart is droplet infection through aerosols in the air. However, since you are only so close to infected people for a short time when shopping, if at all, in this case droplet infections are less of a problem than smear infections.

Avoid contact of hands with mucous membranes

The most important thing is not to let our hands come into contact with the mucous membranes in the first place, as viruses spread through the eyes and especially the nose and mouth.

Often you touch your nose, wipe your mouth or rub your eyes. We can never completely prevent all of this because it is partly controlled unconsciously. You can, however, be aware of it and take care not to have such contact, and after just a few weeks you will get used to it better.

have disinfectant with you

If there is contact with the mucous membranes, it is good if there are as few viruses as possible on the hands. You can achieve this above all if you use disinfectants regularly. It is particularly effective to rub disinfectant on your hands before or during shopping. A small hand gel fits in any jacket or trouser pocket. If you already have a bag or bag with you when you go shopping and don’t like the gel, there is certainly room for a small pack of moist disinfectant wipes.

Such cloths are particularly useful for wiping down the handle of the shopping trolley before using it for the first time. Many people have already touched it and accordingly the amount of virus is much higher there than on packaging, which is often only grabbed and then taken away.

Pay contactless if possible

Another virus source lurks at the checkout. It’s not so much the cash that we’ve had in our wallets for a long time, but mainly the change that the cashier gives us. Because she has touched thousands of other customers’ items, her hands can harbor many viruses, which she then transmits to your change. The safest thing is therefore to switch from cash to contactless payments.

Almost every retailer now offers the option of paying by card EC Cash Terminal on. A particularly popular service is SumUp, whose card readers are trusted by two million merchants. Thanks to modern technology – the NFC chips in our bank cards – it is possible to pay smaller amounts without having to insert the card into the reader. This way is also advisable, because it makes little sense if you don’t want to touch cash with your fingers and then enter the PIN by hand on the card reader. It is also possible to receive money via other payment methods without using the terminal, for example as an invoice by email, payment via payment links or simply by voucher.

For security reasons, many banks limits the amount for fully contactless payments to 25 euros. However, if you regularly spend larger amounts, it is best to speak to your bank to increase the limit to 50 or maybe a maximum of 100 euros.

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