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Scheduled shopping to ensure minimal exposure

Grocery stores are scheduling time for senior shoppers; I suggest we expand "scheduling" platforms for all consumers.

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Some groceries are scheduling senior shopping times to limit exposure.  As a first step, have occupancy maximums put into effect (establishments will have to determine a safe number of customers to ensure spaciousness/ low contact) -- someone at door keeping track of occupancy: if the store is at capacity, come back in 20 minutes.  I believe we could expand this to online reservations for all necessary activities.  Anywhere you need to go, get online and make a reservation to ensure safe group numbers.  Establishments can determine safe occupancy which will allow people to keep recommended distance and then have reservation allotments to ensure the occupancy never exceeds the determined limit (50 being the maximum). If shoppers are required to go online and reserve a spot for a particular shopping period, they can also see when there are fewer reservations. As complex as it may be, this could even be applied to public transit.  New occupancy limits can be establish which will ensure safe distances between riders, and if there is an online reservation platform, the occupancy can be kept under control, as well as help people make smart decisions.  If there were even just live stats on occupancy, people can make informed decisions about which bus/ train to board.  Also, online reservations would allow quick altering if someone does contract the virus: I get sick, I call my grocery store where I shopped yesterday and let them know I was at the 3:30 shopping reservation, they can send an email to whomever else was there...  Creating capacity limits through online reservations for all necessary activities could allow us to keep doing what we need to do but with controlled crowd numbers and safe exposure limits.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

Well, I am having my senior parents do the shopping for all of us! 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Texting. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How bad is a "typical" case.  While the mortality rate is higher than the flu, it's not clear what a typical course of the illness looks like.  the panic over the illness has made it seem like if you catch the virus, you are in for it, however, that is not true.  Understanding the actual course of the illness would be very helpful, as well as what would be signs or indications you need medical care rather than convalescing at home.  Where is that tipping point?

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

I think young adults have a hard time processing that this effects them.  Developmentally, younger brains can't actually process self-risk; our brains don't realize bad things can also happen to us until we are older.  I think more young-adult targeted messaging and media would be helpful.  Possibly portraying younger people sick?

What is your current profession?

Yoga, Pilates, movement education

In what city are you located?

chicago

In what country are you located?

USA

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