Tuesday, April 07, 2020

No, you don't need to be paranoid about the grocery store (WSJ)

Here is a sane advice on grocery shopping during the pandemic by Sumathi Reddy for the Wall Street Journal (paywall).
If you live alone, you probably don’t have to be super paranoid about contamination. It’s better to go early (after the store has done its nightly disinfection). If you’re a senior, it’s better to use senior hours (which are early, right after the store opens). Very large stores are safer because people can spread out. Cashiers should be protected by plexiglass.

On the masks, a tied and taped t-shirt will have to do until a set arrives by Amazon Thursday (it’s supposed to be non-medical). 

I personally question whether homemade masks do much good unless they are made well.  Oriental countries have enforced rules and have enough of them manufactured to certain standards for everyone.  I think this is something where small manufacturers can retool if they attract investors, which ought to be something business people are setting up.  In NYC, the garment district could make more of them.  I don’t know why this isn’t happening more.  I understand they are sold on Times Square, however.   The “real David Hogg” in North Carolina has some other little businesses as a teenager (sewing kits for potholders).  I can honestly imagine this “kid” forming a company to do this and do well with it. Mark Cuban (Shark Tank), take notice.

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