How to Buy Food for a 14-Day Quarantine (and How Not To)

Source: gpointstudio / Getty Images

1. Make a shopping list

Know beforehand what you want to buy, both to make sure you don’t forget anything and to minimize time spent at the market, and thus possible exposure to the virus from others.

Source: w-ings / Getty Images

2. Don’t impulse-buy

Just because something’s in plentiful supply, if it isn’t on your list and you don’t really need it, leave it on the shelf for others.

Source: AsiaPix / Getty Images

3. Don’t be a copycat

Just because others are stocking up on something, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need it too.

Source: singkamc / Getty Images

4. Be careful when buying perishable foods

Pay attention to use-by dates and don’t buy more than you think you’ll be able to use in the allotted time period.

Source: marilyna / Getty Images

5. Choose as many long-lasting products as possible

Dried pasta, rice, dried legumes, grains, and UHT milk are among the foods that are long-lasting — two to four weeks for UHT milk, almost indefinitely for pasta, rice, legumes, and grains if stored away from moisture.