Should you still be disinfecting your groceries? Two experts say no
|globalnews.ca 11 Sep 2020 at 22:05|
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If you’ve found yourself wiping down your groceries with disinfectant wipes at some point since the coronavirus pandemic began, you are not alone.
Even Montreal Children’s Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Christos Karatzios was doing so for a while.
More than just wiping the grocery items, many shoppers tried to keep anyone else from touching them. At Supermarché P.A. on Park Avenue at the peak of the pandemic, customers were bagging all their own purchases, but that is starting to change.
“We asked clients, would you like us to bag for you? At the start, it was more rare. Now, about 95 per cent of them would like us to help them with bagging,” said store manager Marco Moscato.
“No, I don’t,” said Karatzios.
“Oh, good grief, no,” said Goldman.
Goldman recently published a comment in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, arguing that early studies which found viral transmission from surfaces to be a huge concern did not reflect reality.
To catch the virus from something you touch at a store, an infected person would have to cough or sneeze directly on it, a lot. You would then have to touch the infected object soon after, then touch your face, he said.