Being safe at self-checkout
Be prepared. Anyone who visits a supermarket these days is likely to notice a new hazard at the moment of payment: a prompt that requires touching a keypad or touchscreen that could be contaminated by the Covid-19 virus. Anticipate the problem, though, and you will have options.
A keypad hack: Some people don a disposable nitrile or latex glove to punch a keypad, then throw out the glove. But you’ll get the same protection by covering the pad with a clean tissue as you type. Similarly, when you stop for gas at a self-service station, use a paper towel to grab the pump handle.
And touchpads? Touchpads won’t work if veiled by a tissue, but you can clean the screen with a disinfecting wipe. Not always? Don’t panic. This is not the likeliest way for the virus to spread, and you’ll be even less at risk if you wash your hands or use sanitizer before you next touch your face.