Features Shopping changes dramatically By Mena Haas (firstname.lastname@example.org) Haas is a staff photographer for the Campus Ledger. This is her second semester at the Ledger, and she enjoys taking photos of all that goes on at the college. She loves photography, music, traveling and doggies. April 15, 2020 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter College student Nate Thompson covers his hands with latex gloves before entering the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Mission Road. Gloves, though, may not be the most effective defense against the virus. The virus can attach itself quickly to latex and other types of gloves, and, although it doesn’t hurt to put on gloves, it’s better to wash your hands consistently and use hand sanitizer. If you choose to wear gloves, make sure to not touch your face until you have properly taken them off and washed your hands. '' 1 of 12 College student Nate Thompson covers his hands with latex gloves before entering the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Mission Road. Gloves, though, may not be the most effective defense against the virus. The virus can attach itself quickly to latex and other types of gloves, and, although it doesn’t hurt to put on gloves, it’s better to wash your hands consistently and use hand sanitizer. If you choose to wear gloves, make sure to not touch your face until you have properly taken them off and washed your hands. At the entrance of Walmart, there are Purell wipes and hand sanitizer dispensers for shoppers to use on their hands and shopping carts before entering the store. In an article put out by The Washington Post, since people can be infected but not show any symptoms it’s important to limit contact with people and wash your hands as soon as you get home. The aisle where toilet paper used to be is now bare due to people stocking up because of the coronavirus. Workers begin to restock as toilet paper will continue to be in high demand throughout the coming months. According to Forbes, “[sanitary] products are being produced in U.S. plants at record-high levels.” Due to many essentials going out of stock fast, Walmart and many other grocery stores have put in place a rule that only allows shoppers to buy no more than a designated number of certain items. Thompson searches for the last of the toilet paper stocked at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Thompson reaches to grab the last wipes available at Walmart. Food, among other things, began to disappear due to people stocking up in order to stay inside for as long as possible. The New York Times wrote an article informing people that grocery stores will continue to get products in stock and will see shortages intermittently. With the panic about bread, canned goods, milk and frozen food being gone The New York Times says “these items are moving through the supply chain, but cannot reach the store quickly enough.” Marks are put down to direct shoppers where to stand to uphold the six-foot social distancing rule. Thompson, along with other college students, lives on his own. This means he has to go out to buy groceries. Thompson keeps his trips outside reserved for trips to the store. “I think it’s important to try and stay out of public spaces because every time you go out you run the risk [ of catching COVID-19].” According to experts, it’s not touching the food and supplies at the grocery store that puts people at a risk for contracting the virus, but rather coming into contact with other people. Thompson takes a Clorox wipe, available at the entrance and exit of Walmart, to wipe down products purchased. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, demonstrates in a video how to properly wipe down grocery or takeout items and how to remove your gloves without compromising your hands. Gupta assures viewers that this is not a food born illness but that the virus can live on surfaces. On steel and plastic, the virus can survive up to three days; for cardboard it can survive up to 24 hours. Any household cleaner will work to use on your products. View the video here. Thompson waits to checkout at Walmart Neighborhood Market. The markings at checkout show people how far apart they need to stand from one another, which keeps customers at a safer distance. Shopping carts are stacked together to form a line in order to control how customers enter the grocery store. Grocery stores and pharmacies have tried to minimize the spread of the virus by only letting a certain amount of people in at a time and closing the store to sanitize carts, shelves and checkout belts. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)''