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How has COVID-19 transformed online shopping? Is it risk-free?


COVID-19 has become one of the most significant events of this year 2020 by creating a global pandemic situation. The surroundings have changed rapidly. Restaurants, gyms, bars, movie theatres were shut down while office workers started working from home. 

When it comes to online shopping, people started bending towards bulk buying just because of this isolation period or lockdown. People have started avoiding different public places. So, different brands have started adapting flexibility to meet the needs of new online shopping criteria.

Is it online shopping or panic buying?

The World Health Organization has already declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. So the behaviour of the buyers has changed drastically. 

They prefer to buy different essentials like masks, sanitizer, medical supplies and food items in bulk. In that case, online stores are seriously struggling to fulfil their demand. On the other hand, price gouging has become rampant.

The story doesn’t end here. We have to understand the mentality of the crowd first. They have already witnessed scarcity of essential products just because of this excessive online shopping. So they prefer to stock up different resources for their family.

Now the question is, can we really do online shopping without any risk?

Is it safe to do online shopping?

Well, this deadly virus can easily stay on the surfaces of different products from 3 hours to 3 days. It totally depends on a particular material. 

So buyers can easily be exposed to this virus via the package itself. On the other hand, a product needs to take at least a certain period of time to be packaged and shipped. In that case, we can easily say that online shopping comes with low risk while direct shopping can expose you directly to the virus.

Still, we should take some precautions, like using sanitizer while receiving a product. Try not to open it for at least three days. Even after opening that package, don’t forget to sanitize it and dispose of the package needs to be done correctly. These small things can lead us to a new pandemic free world.

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