Coronavirus: eat and shop while protecting yourself

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In this period of a pandemic, eating a balanced and diverse diet will allow our bodies to stay healthy and help us maintain an optimal immune response, which is our first defense against infections. Don't just buy the grains like pasta or rice, or the ready-made ready meals available.

What to do then?

Nutritionist Stéphane Besançon of the NGO Santé Diabète emphasizes also consuming fruits, vegetables and more generally all foods that will provide proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals essential for our body.

In order not to go shopping every day at the market, you have to buy foods that can be kept for a long time. These are pineapples, bananas, oranges, avocados or even apples that can be kept for practically a week if they are not bought too ripe of course. As for vegetables, buy fresh those that can be kept for at least a week such as eggplants, zucchini, onions and peppers. The other vegetables can be purchased frozen or in cans. It is better to buy frozen carrots, green beans, peas if possible. Finally, it is possible to buy fresh products and to freeze them and other products like meat, fish, etc. Be careful to wash the products well when you get home. This is important to prevent infections at home.

Be careful, protect yourself!

Before leaving your house, carry soap or hydroalcoholic gels with you to wash your hands regularly. It is here that the mask can have a utility to reinforce the barrier measures by avoiding that one can carry these hands towards the nose and the mouth. Make a list of what you will have to buy before you leave your home. In addition, to better protect yourself, it is best to have your groceries delivered to your home. If this is not possible, then it is necessary to go to the market or to the stores outside the busy periods and to respect the safety distances of at least one meter. If possible, keep your shopping bag on before you leave the house to avoid picking up infected packaging.


A curious, motivated and determined young leader, Obed Kodjo is an agronomist and blogger who is active in organizations that advocate the awareness and development of African youth. Innovation is his passion and for this he never ceases to cultivate himself in order to make a difference in his actions. He dreams of a conscious Africa that solves its problems on its own without outside help.

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  1. cyriac ZONDOGA
    18 April 2020

    Your comment… Thank you youthforchallenge


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