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Grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work


April 13, 2020

Brittainy Newman – New York Times

A grocery story worker wears a face masks, gloves and coveralls, in an effort to protect against the coronavirus in New York, on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Doug Preszler wasn't thinking about risk when he took a cashier job at a regional supermarket in eastern Iowa. But five months in, he has found himself at the forefront of a global crisis with little training or protection - save for the pocket-size bottle of hand sanitizer and Ziploc full of disposable gloves he brings from home each day.

The 51-year-old has told himself not to live in fear, yet concedes he increasingly is. Even the most routine tasks are fraught: Accepting bills and giving change scare him the most, Preszler says. And he has run through so much hand sanitizer that his skin is cracking.


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