(CNN)To stop the spread of coronavirus, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing — staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching one another.Although living like that can be lonely, inconvenient and even frightening, it’s for the greater good, says Danielle Ompad, an associate professor at New York University’s School of Global Public Health.”It’s uncomfortable,” she told CNN. “But it requires us to be good citizens. People have to learn how to think about the collective rather than the individual.”To help you do that, we answered your biggest questions about social distancing:Read more of CNN’s coronavirus Q&A here. Public lifeCan I go to the grocery store? Yes. The grocery store is one of the few public places you can still go — just be strategic about it. Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, suggests going to the store when you suspect less people will be shopping. This could be late at night or early in the morning. Make sure to thoroughly wash fruits and veggies after you buy them, and wash your hands after touching boxes and before eating. Not sure what to buy? Here’s a sample checklist of foods to stock


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