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Why are the supermarket workers not getting sick?

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bulletjournalbilly Sat 23-May-20 08:49:48

So tell me this ...if supermarkets are a "danger zone" why aren't the supermarket workers all dying and getting sick with this "killer virus"?

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Widowodiw Sat 23-May-20 08:53:57

Same as teachers before
Lockdown.... or teachers that have been in school throughout?

vengeancer Sat 23-May-20 08:54:30

I know of a few who had it. One way seriously ill. HTH.

Remmy123 Sat 23-May-20 08:54:35

I thought the same thing!!! Husband said it's just not being reported?

TheGreatWave Sat 23-May-20 08:55:05

Some are, a local supermarket had to close briefly as there was an outbreak, but yes on the whole it seems low numbers affected.

Illbedownatthegardenwithmum Sat 23-May-20 08:55:10

I suspect because most people with symptoms are self isolating. I think the real danger is for medical staff and carers, and possibly school staff because children don’t always appear to show the symptoms.

I’m sure some supermarket staff have caught it, but most places are being very careful about hygiene.

BruceWilllis Sat 23-May-20 08:55:14

Oh do you know the occupation of everyone who has contracted the virus then?

africansassenach Sat 23-May-20 08:56:03

Of course they are 😐

whenwillthemadnessend Sat 23-May-20 08:57:04

They are I'd imagine but perhaps now most shops have put screens up and they is less footfall they are now at less danger of catching it.

The pinch point for them would have been when we were all panic buying and cramming into the shop with no controls.

flibbertmygibbert Sat 23-May-20 08:57:15

How in Gods name do you know they haven’t?

Illbedownatthegardenwithmum Sat 23-May-20 08:57:20

Most school staff who I know (the ones in round here seem to be TAs) have had the virus. The teachers are working from home, planning and delivering online lessons.

flibbertmygibbert Sat 23-May-20 08:58:21

And at a google by the 11th May 65 school staff have died of Covid.

Murraygoldberg Sat 23-May-20 08:59:26

I sure they are but one of the main risk factors is length of time spent with an infected person and I don't think supermarket workers spend a long time with the customers ( other staff, that I don't know)

BecomingMe Sat 23-May-20 09:00:20

There is a list of occupations and virus cases which was published last week. Hairdressers and dental nurses are particularly at risk.

It’s not definitive as the problem is it is not clear if the person caught the virus while at work.

Bluntness100 Sat 23-May-20 09:00:37

And at a google by the 11th May 65 school staff have died of Covid

Ehrm you do know there are other ways for school staff to catch it right?

Op, you’re right, the infection rates are very low, school staff, delivery drivers, cleaners, warehouse staff, many many places still operational..

Gurning Sat 23-May-20 09:01:16

They spent months before covid was on the radar, with people. They will have all had it no doubt.

BillywilliamV Sat 23-May-20 09:02:37

Because only those that die or have miraculous recoveries are reported. I imagine supermarket workers catch it, are ill and then get better. Nothing like dramatic enough for the media to report!

Oysterbabe Sat 23-May-20 09:02:57

The vast majority of people who die of Covid are over 65. Supermarket staff tend to be younger. In my local I'd be surprised if any of them are over 30. I imagine many of the staff have had a mild form of the illness.

bulletjournalbilly Sat 23-May-20 09:03:14

I work for a top supermarket. We haven't had to close one store.

This thread was about supermarkets. Not teachers. hmm

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masonmason Sat 23-May-20 09:05:00

I work for a top supermarket. We haven't had to close one store.

Why would stores have to close because anyone caught covid though? That's not how it works. Lots of supermarket staff have contracted it, it also there are shitloads of protective measures in place now and have been for weeks. That's helping.

EssentialHummus Sat 23-May-20 09:06:26

My neighbour is a supermarket worker, hospitalised with it.

gingerbreadslice Sat 23-May-20 09:06:51

Loads of them have had it they've just all recovered my husbands shop 75% of their workforce came down with it all recovered. My local supermarket a lot of them had it they've all recovered. But they have sanitisers people keep their distance and they have masks and stuff there fine.
It's actually been so helpful him working in one when all this was tits up we never run out of food or hand sanitiser because they get first dibs on it all.

flibbertmygibbert Sat 23-May-20 09:07:01

@bulletjournalbilly the first comment after your OP was about teachers.

HeresMe Sat 23-May-20 09:07:26

Because it isn't a headline grabber like HCP, bus drivers ect getting sick even when they are proportional and not over represented.

Some people matter more than others to the news.

QuimReaper Sat 23-May-20 09:07:55

I think OP means why aren't they coming down in large enough numbers to have caused a specific outcry, like there have been for other frontline professions. There have been several specific reports on the numbers of carers who have died, and in London, the number of bus drivers. You'd expect supermarket workers to be in a similar risk category.

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