Should I Disinfect My Wine Delivery?

“Stuck At Home”

Call it “lockdown”, call it “shelter in place”, call it “stay at home”, call it “quarantine.” It all adds up to “stuck at home”. But it sure has changed our routines. Before Covid, food shopping was a dash to the store on the way home or a serious weekend project. 

Picking Your Grocery Order for Home Delivery

Either way, Covid has made grocery shopping a whole different experience. We get it. Social distancing is all about limiting the spread of the coronavirus. But no matter how hard we try, it is virtually impossible to stay 6 feet away from other shoppers.

The answer? Shop online! And take advantage of convenient home delivery services to receive your groceries right at the front door. Home delivery has become so popular that people need to book days ahead!

Home delivery is the simplest way to practice social distancing

Wine Online Home Delivery

And we are not only shopping online for groceries. We are also shopping online for wine and spirits. In fact, companies like WineOnline.ca have seen their home delivery of wine and spirits  soar since the beginning of March.

But the big question remains. Whether I shop myself or have it delivered to my home, what is the safest way to prevent transfer of the coronavirus? On March 24, a Michigan doctor put out a YouTube video about how to disinfect your groceries. It’s pretty extreme – as in leaving your groceries in your garage for 3 days (assuming you have one!). The video went viral. But it also received a lot of pushback. Here is a link to the article and the rebuttals. 

Enjoying Home Delivery

We decided to do a little research. Infectious disease, virology and food safety experts all agree that the biggest risk is being inside the store with other people.

Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University advises, “While it is possible to contract the virus [from contaminated surfaces], the majority of transmission is probably going to be from respiratory droplets, which you’re exposed to when you’re around other people.” 

Ok, so how to deal with grocery or wine delivery once it arrives? Experts like Rasmussen say that disinfecting and hand-washing every last item in your grocery haul is not really necessary.

Rasmussen explains that the probability of getting infected from a contaminated surface is not zero, but it is fairly low. 

Wash Your Hands!

Bottom line: If you follow good hand-hygiene practices — washing your hands after unpacking your groceries, before cooking and before eating — then, she says, your risk is probably “very, very low.”

“…the probability of getting infected from a contaminated surface is not zero, but it is fairly low”

Angela Rasmussen, virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

The same experts agree that if it lessens your anxiety to wipe down every jar of jelly or bottle of wine, there’s benefit in that.

Home delivery is the simplest way to practice social distancing. You can pay online ahead of time and have your groceries delivered with no face-to-face contact.

Because alcohol delivery requires a signature by someone 19 years of age or older, the process for wine delivery is slightly more complicated. However once the order is signed for, the driver will follow any special instructions you request. 

And to minimize virus transfer, companies like Wine Online provide drivers with disinfectants to keep their vehicles disinfected. And drivers clean their hands with sanitizers between deliveries.

Let’s remember, while we’re staying home safe, workers and drivers are putting themselves at risk to collect and deliver our food and wine.

Tip generously. They are doing their best to keep us out of harm’s way. 

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