NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One of the largest grocery chains in our area is taking steps to keep you safe and healthy.
Kroger wants to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Tuesday, it's cutting the number of people allowed in stores in half.
To give you a better idea of how this will work, normally the chain allows one person per 60 square feet. Now with the pandemic, it’ll only allow one person per 120 square feet – that's a little bigger than a 10 x 10-foot room.
Kroger has also installed plexiglass at the cash registers and put down floor decals to show if you’re standing six feet from one another. Employees are also wearing face masks and gloves.
Publix is also making some changes, including expanding touchless pay options to all stores, so you can use your phone to pay. They’ve made other changes similar to Kroger.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.