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High Covid risk among grocery store employees

Date: 03 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

A first-of-its-kind study has suggested that grocery store employees are likely to be at high risk of Covid-19 infection.

 

Background

Individual in roles that require them to face customers are 5 times as likely to test positive as their colleagues in other positions.

 

Details

  • Among those testing positive, three out of four had no symptoms. This suggests that these key workers could be an important reservoir of infection.

  • This is the first study to find out the significant infection rate caused by asymptomatic workers, exposure risks of employees, and their associated psychological distress during the pandemic.

  • Research also found that among those testing positive, three out of four had no symptoms, suggesting these key workers could be an important reservoir of infection.

  • Once essential workers are infected with SARS-CoV-2, they may become a significant transmission source for the community they serve.

  • Researchers expect a policy on implementing preventive mechanism and logistics arrangements to reduce personal contact with customers to ensure the health and safety of the grocery store essential workers.