Is it Safe for Older People to Shop During Senior Hours at Grocery Stores?

Updated March 19, 2020

Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is quoted about supermarkets offering special hours for shoppers over 60 as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to the population most susceptible to the novel coronavirus. The well-intentioned concept is not necessarily safe, according to Russo. “Albeit a grocery store is fairly expansive in terms of airspace, it’s still an enclosed system,” Russo said. “It’s not quite as close quarters as a cruise ship, but it’s a variation of the model in my mind.”