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"Shop workers roulette"

Supermarket checkout supervisor Kay Timbrell has her own phrase for the dangers she faces from coronavirus: "I call it shop-worker roulette."
While nurses are aware when patients are sick, she says, "we don't know who's got coronavirus. We have absolutely no idea what we have around us."
Too many customers are failing to observe social distancing and some become abusive when asked to do so, she says.
"As retail workers, we've always faced a degree of abuse," she says. "We're dehumanised by putting on the uniform. But that abuse has doubled in the past month."
Kay says she wants to keep doing her job in maintaining food supplies during the pandemic: "I want to help in this disastrous situation, but we need everyone to play their part in it, because we're putting ourselves at risk."
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