An Idea: The Quarantine Box

Now that we’re a few months into the coronavirus, you probably have a similar grocery store routine to ours: After you arrive home with your groceries (or they’re delivered), you put them on a special table or section of your home. You debag the groceries, disinfect perishables and put them in your fridge or freezer, and either spray down or let the other items sit in quarantine for several days. You probably wash your hands several times during this process.

We’ve grown accustomed to this routine, and we’ve gotten faster, but it still adds a good 15-20 minutes to every grocery store visit (especially since we try not to go very often). I guess that’s really not bad, but I have a proposal to make it easier: A quarantine box.

I’m posting this idea because I’m hoping it already exists. Basically, I’m picturing a box–around the size of a mini-fridge, maybe a little bigger–that disinfects anything you put inside of it. When you come home with your groceries, you place the bags in the box. 20 minutes later, the box informs you that your groceries are virus free, and you can proceed to put them away.

Ideally the box would use something non-toxic to remove the virus (UV light?) so you could even put fruits, vegetables, and cartons of take-out food in it.

It’s the type of thing I’d really love to have now, but even in a post-COVID world, I wouldn’t mind using such a device to disinfect groceries, shoes, etc–anything with potential germs and viruses.

What do you think? Does this exist? Is it possible?

3 thoughts on “An Idea: The Quarantine Box”

  1. A good idea in theory.I feel like something like this must exist already. My biggest concern would more be how expensive something like that would be to try to mass manufacture.

  2. It definitely exists. The three NHL teams lent General Motors their sanitization machines to sanitize the masks GM is making in their Warren, MI facility. If it can sterilize hockey equipment, it can sterilize anything. And I believe it is UV light. I don’t know for sure though.


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