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    Coronavirus precautions in your home

    It is funny to me that years ago we were asked to create this “prepper “forum and it has been little used. And now that we are two months into a national emergency, the coronavirus, it still hasn’t been used for virus talk until today.


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    Because I am retired, my social obligations are drying up, and I have time — I think about how to manage the coronavirus on products I bring it to my house.

    like today for instance. I need another batch of eggs. I’ll go into the store tomorrow morning and get them. But when I bring them in how much cleaning can I do on actual eggs without breaking them? Very little. But then I thought well at least I could clean the box they come in. But why don’t keep the existing egg package I have, which is Styrofoam, and was purchased before the coronavirus hit our region, and use it to store the current batch of eggs. I can move each one of them into the previous container, throwing the new one away, then wash my hands.

    I already have a kind of a two-step process bringing groceries put them on the counter. Wash my hands thoroughly. Then start unpacking groceries takeoff plastic coverings of vegetables, put them in the refrigerator. Then wash my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    It is funny to me that years ago we were asked to create this “prepper “forum and it has been little used. And now that we are two months into a national emergency, the coronavirus, it still hasn’t been used for virus talk until today.


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    Because I am retired, my social obligations are drying up, and I have time — I think about how to manage the coronavirus on products I bring it to my house.

    like today for instance. I need another batch of eggs. I’ll go into the store tomorrow morning and get them. But when I bring them in how much cleaning can I do on actual eggs without breaking them? Very little. But then I thought well at least I could clean the box they come in. But why don’t keep the existing egg package I have, which is Styrofoam, and was purchased before the coronavirus hit our region, and use it to store the current batch of eggs. I can move each one of them into the previous container, throwing the new one away, then wash my hands.

    I already have a kind of a two-step process bringing groceries put them on the counter. Wash my hands thoroughly. Then start unpacking groceries takeoff plastic coverings of vegetables, put them in the refrigerator. Then wash my hands.
    That sounds like a good idea, and I honestly had not thought about that, cleaning the things I brought into the home. I particularly like using the old egg carton, will do that.

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    Interesting question that I've thought about. I won't need to go to any store for at least a week or two, but here's what I did last time around. After unpacking and storing everything I washed my hands and put the reusable grocery bags in the laundry. I'm going with the theory that the virus can't survive more than a few days on hard surfaces and by the time I handle things again there won't be any risk or it will be much lower. I think the big one is self-isolation and then there are small things a person can do beyond that, but eliminating every conceivable risk is impractical. What about mail?

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    Oh yeah, I have been washing a load every day. Our overcoats. My backpack (although now I won’t even take it outside of the house, no reason to do that.)

    I should throw my tennis shoes into the wash regularly, but I doubt that DH will let me wash his shoes so I am going to require he keep shoes outside.

    Yes I thought about mail. The best we can do is get rid of it as quickly out of our hands as we can, put it into directly into the sack that goes to garbage or recycling or whatever, so that we only handle it once.. And then we wash our hands.

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    I figured out how to freeze eggs yesterday, thought it would be good to have some for baking. I put them in an ice cube tray, and some were just whites. You can use a muffin tin and get the whole thing in there. Then freeze overnight, then pop them out and put in a freezer bag to use individually.

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    Freezing eggs is an interesting option. I love eggs, they are good for low cal eating and all kinds of foods.

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    I generally leave groceries, packages and mail in our very cold mudroom for a bit before bringing in. If I have to start washing eggs, I will just give them up for a while. A big thing for me is no outside shoes in the house. It started when we had new wood floors put in, but now it has become a habit. The idea of what is on retail floors, parking lots etc coming into the house is gross to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    I figured out how to freeze eggs yesterday, thought it would be good to have some for baking. I put them in an ice cube tray, and some were just whites. You can use a muffin tin and get the whole thing in there. Then freeze overnight, then pop them out and put in a freezer bag to use individually.
    Interesting. How are then when thawed? The same as before freezing?
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    The only additional precaution we've done to date is to keep shoes on the enclosed porch instead of on a tray in the kitchen. We never wore shoes in the house anyways. I do think its time to wash my reusable grocery bags though. I've always been a fanatic about washing my hands when I come in from the outside world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Interesting. How are then when thawed? The same as before freezing?
    Supposedly fine for baking and scrambling; have not tried them yet.

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