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What are the best groceries to buy for the coronavirus shutdown? Help us find out.

  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

Editor of code, visuals, and data

Millions of people around the world are being told to stay home to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the few places people can go is grocery stores. But once you get there, what should you buy?

To be sure, there are some items that you always buy; now you’re just stocking up. But there are probably also items you usually avoid, and now feel the need to have on hand. And perhaps there are things you hate and won’t buy, no matter how appropriate they are for staying nourished at home.

Help us determine which grocery items fall into which category.

And the best groceries for the pandemic are…

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