Coronavirus Health Official Suggests Avoiding Grocery Stores for Now—Here’s What to Do Instead

Please stay safe out there!

The past month has been trying for everyone in some way, shape or form. Even if you’re not personally affected by the coronavirus, we’ve all seen restaurants close down and empty shelves at the supermarket—and of course, that’s not all.

Now, according to the White House, we should do our best to avoid grocery stores for two weeks starting April 5.

Why Shouldn’t I Go to the Grocery Store?

Shopping has already been tricky throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, but for the next couple of weeks, it’s best if you stay home entirely.

In a press conference on April 4, Debbie Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said “the next two weeks are extraordinarily important.”

“This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not be going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” she added.

We know that’s not an easy thing to hear, but there are ways to make do during this difficult time. And if you’re in need of some news to make you smile, read through these uplifting stories about helpful neighbors—they just might inspire you to do the same.

What If I Still Need Groceries?

Just because you’re unable to head out to your local Aldi or Target doesn’t mean you can’t get what you need. There are plenty of options available for home delivery or pickup.

At Whole Foods, Amazon is offering grocery delivery in certain locations, Walmart has a delivery service that offers a free trial and some Target stores are doing same-day delivery through Shipt. Lots of people are using Instacart, which brings local groceries from stores like Aldi right to your doorstep.

While we know things might seem scary, we’re all in this together. Right now, we need to heed experts’ advice and flatten the curve—and maintain our belief that there are better days ahead.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.