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Grocery Shopping During a Pandemic

by Dennis M. Myers, 05/7/2020

My wife and I shop at Kroger most of the time. Nearly everything we need on a weekly basis is there. They've made changes because of the pandemic. Plexiglass shields at the checkout protect their workers from our sneezes and coughs. Workers wearing masks, lines spread out, and frequent sanitary wiping of the conveyor belts. They made the entrance and exit doors separate, and when you first go get a cart, they wipe the handle for you right at the door.

Overall, I feel safe going there and shopping. I feel that Kroger has done a good job of making the shopping experience as good as it can be. Only one problem. Other shoppers. Most shoppers come in wearing a mask. Some even wear gloves. But then there are the ones who walk around without a mask, scowl at the spread out lines, even ignoring them.

How do you know you don't have the virus? Did your test results just come back? With an incubation period of up to 14 days, you have no clue who you could be spreading it to. My mask is to protect you, more than myself. If I have it, my sneezes and coughs, something very common in Virginia this time of year, won't infect you. At least, not to the extent they might if I were not wearing a mask.

How do I know you aren't the type of person to also attend a Covid party? Attendance at those parties is partially to blame for the meat packing industry's problems. Herd immunity by killing off the weak is not my preferred method. I would rather we have a vaccine induced immunity. Especially since I am in a higher risk group, and so more likely to be culled from your herd.

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