According to a new study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, grocery store employees – especially those who come into contact with customers – are at risk for serious coronavirus infection.
These workers could become “a significant source of transmission” for the disease without even realizing it, CNN reported, because most of the people in the study had no symptoms.
The study found that 20% of 104 grocery store employees tested at a Boston store in May had a positive cotton swab, according to the network.
The analysis is the first time to demonstrate significant asymptomatic infection rates, exposure risks, and the psychological impact workers experienced during viral outbreaks.
The 20% infection rate was significantly higher than what was seen in surrounding communities, the researchers reported.
Employees who work with clients are five times more likely to be positive than employees in other positions ̵1; but three-quarters of those who test positive have no symptoms, report said.
“We are certainly surprised to see so many people without symptoms,” said Dr. Justin Yang, assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, current research said.
“This is certainly very alarming because it means that the retail grocery store employee comes into contact with the customer and acts as a middleman for the virus – almost like a super-spread, ”He added.
The study participants tried to take preventive measures.
Most of them, 91%, say they wear a mask when working and 77% say they also wear a veil outside working hours – but only about 66% said they could practice away from society. consistency at work.
At least 108 grocery workers died and more than 16,300 were infected or exposed to coronavirus, according to the International Food and Trade Workers Union, which represents 1.3 million employees.