How to Protect Your Groceries & Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Today we have advice from Dr. Nancy Snyderman about how COVID-19 pandemic compares to other outbreaks and what good came from our experiences with those illnesses. Then, Professor Teresa Hunsaker offers advice on how to safely bring in groceries and takeout.
Lastly on the Steve Warneke Show, we share a growing list of virus related scams, featuring a true story from one of our listeners who had a FAKE health official show up at the FRONT DOOR! BEWARE!
Professor Teresa Hunsaker, a Food Safety Educator from the Utah State University Extension offers advice on procedures when grocery shopping, how to clean your produce and the three ways you can contract COVID-19.
1. "Person to Surface to Person" contact is actually the LOWEST of the three ways consumers could contract the coronavirus when out in public.
Obviously, "Person to Person" contact has the highest likelihood of transference. "Person to Droplets" in the air around you is also a way to become contaminated. Wearing gloves, social distancing, sanitizing produce and surfaces at home are all good practices to avoid getting sick. Professor Hunsaker reminds our audience that WASHING YOUR HANDS is still the BEST line of defense.
2. Extra precautions are SMART not overkill.
The CDC hasn't found specific cases that have been spread through food. Coronavirus has different stability rates or length of life on different surfaces, the acidity of gut helps take care of it, but so does heating up food, boiling water.
3. What solution to wash your produce with at home.
"Wash that produce at home. Even just good old water is a go-to for cleaning my produce," Professor Hunsaker said. Steve remembers hearing that washing with soap can add toxicity to your produce.
Making your own surface disinfectant is another possibility. Professor Hunsaker recommended mixing either 4 tsp. of bleach to a quart of water, or 1/3 cup to a gallon of water. Depending on how much you'd use over a short period of time, Hunsaker cautioned:
Water, a good rinse on my produce, and then the bleach [mixture] on other hard surface, non-food contact areas. Great idea Steve!
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a former news network medical correspondent also spoke with Detective Steve on Saturday, about how this unraveling COVID-19 pandemic compares to others in history.
1. The Front Lines
Dr. Syderman's own father was an MD during the time of the polio epidemic and wondered why the patients he treated were still dying, not realizing that Polio was paralyzing their respiratory tracts, forcing them to suffocate. Then we saw the invention of the iron lung, we learned polio was a virus spread by water and the public experienced one of the first movements of "social distancing". Doctors back then were also afraid of bringing home the virus to their families, which launched the March of Dimes, the first big public/private partnership to raise donations for research in helping people.
"What draws people to medicine is they lean in during crises like this."
2. Fear vs Science
Fast forward a generation, and in comes HIV/AIDS. At the time, Nancy was a young surgeon at San Fransisco General Hospital, and with the fear that rose in the public, she saw the rise of terrible racism, kids being kicked out of school, infected blood transfusions. People like Anthony Fauci and Julie Gerberding tackled and cracked HIV/AIDS by "leaning in" again, and realizing this was a difficult virus to get as long as you limited exposure to bodily fluids. We learned about Hepatitis C, anti-virals, vaccines, and generally fast-tracked science.
3. Using what we've learned to fight future pandemics.
The government's response to the COVID-19 virus has given us the most advanced example of social distancing, telling the public not only to practice healthy habits, but also to stay home. And while the coronavirus has a lower infection rate that the flu, the death rate is four times higher than the seasonal flu, and it's much more contagious than these past pandemics we've mentioned.
We mentioned on the show how some people were so afraid of contracting HIV/AIDS, that they refused to sit on toilet seats. The coronavirus has become infamous for the younger generations' false sense of invincibility, with one example of spring breakers continuing to party on the beach here in South Florida in mass groups. But this isn't the only moment of stupidity we've seen.
Enter the "Coronavirus Challenge". There are stories of people daring to LICK very public, high-traffic objects like door handles. THIS STORY tells the tale of a man who LICKED A TOILET SEAT.
"Forget corona, what else do you wanna get?!" - Dr. Nancy Snyderman, M.D.
It is reported that this man now has been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.
Karmic intervention? You decide.
Better Business Bureau Warns of Potential Scams Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Earlier this week we had a listener call-in with a scam that has popped up, taking advantage of the fear this pandemic has created and worse, taking advantage of those more susceptible to getting the virus.
Joan's ex-son-in-law was approached by people impersonating health officials going door-to-door offering FAKE COVID-19 tests for a price. Her former son-in-law immediately called her, knowing that with Joan's asthma and her daughter's cancer they were more likely to get VERY sick and wanted to buy the tests.
Joan realized it was a scam immediately, that there were no tests being sold, and these scammers were taking advantage of a Spanish-speaking truck driver, knowing English wasn't his first language and that he wasn't up-to-date with news since he traveled so much.
It's been reported that these door-to-door health officials have entered homes to case the place and rob their targets.
Don’t let strangers in your home! No health officials are going to knock on your door!
The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean (BBB) is advising the public to remain vigilant and exercise due diligence to avoid becoming victims of scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak. While the community is working together with government in order to avoid the spread of the virus, scammers see an opportunity to deceive people. There are several scams related to Coronavirus that BBB has already seen or anticipates will be trending:
FAKE AT HOME TEST KITS.
THE CDC & WHO WILL NEVER CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL YOU.
FAKE ONLINE STORES
ASKING FOR MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO RECEIVE GOVERNMENT AID
WORK FROM HOME SCAMS
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Until next time...