Prayer #220: For Grocery Store Employees
A new study from Harvard University, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked at 104 grocery store workers in Massachusetts and found that 20% of them tested positive, though most of them exhibited no symptoms. It was an infection rate, the study stated that was higher than the surrounding communities." According to the study, those grocery employees that had the most direct interaction with customers---cashiers---were five times as likely to become infected by the virus. The study, however, was done prior to the mandatory mask order was put in place, and Justin Lang, one of the study authors, said: "I do think for stores and states with mask mandate, we would most likely not see this kind of numbers." It should also be pointed out that this study was performed at just one grocery store and may not necessarily be a representative case.
Pray for those working in grocery stores, one of the most essential of all retail businesses. Pray for their protection from the COVID-19 virus and for all precautions, especially masks, to be worn by both employees and customers. Also pray for physical stamina for these workers, since grocery store employees are working harder than ever during this Coronavirus outbreak.
Rom. 12:12: "Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."