Supermarket and grocery store employees are likely to be at heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, with those in customer-facing roles 5 times as likely to test positive compared to colleagues and other workers in other positions and roles,
Among those testing positive, three out of four had no symptoms, suggesting these key workers could be an important spot of infection, say the researchers.
Published research focusing on essential/key workers has largely focused on healthcare workers. To try and plug this knowledge gap and find out how COVID-19 has affected the health and wellbeing of other key workers, the researchers studied 104 employees of one grocery store in Boston, Massachusetts.
Workers in customer-facing roles were five times more likely to test positive than their colleagues in other types of role, after accounting for potentially influential factors, such as the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 where they lived. Those in supervisory roles were six times more likely to do so.
This study shows how dangerous supermarkets and grocery stores have become when regarding covid19, And now that Covid19 can be found on surfaces that have been contaminated it is a huge risk going to these places. Instead from the comfort of your own home, you can order sanitised safe groceries straight to your doorstep.