BBC documentary has gone behind the scenes at Britain’s supermarkets and has revealed the area of supermarkets that pose the highest risk of catching Covid-19.
The likes of Lidl, Aldi, Tesco and Morrisons have all been hailed as the fourth emergency service as they have continued to operate during the pandemic.
However their continued use means that they have become one of the places that you are more likely to come into contact with the virus The Mirror reports.
Professor Sally Bloomfield, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reveals where the riskiest place in the store is on Keeping Britain Fed, which aired on BBC Two on Wednesday.
Speaking on a video call to Ade, the expert says: “I think the danger is the people. You get it by breathing in or touching surfaces and then either touching your nose or your mouth.
“It’s well known from experiments we can do that up to 23 times an hour.
“There is a possibility within 1ml of saliva you could have 7m virus particles and it only needs maybe 100 to 1,000 to infect us.
“One key thing we need to do in supermarkets is to respect that 2m rule.”
She went on to explain that the riskiest part of the shopping experience is the check out and that the use of cash should be avoided. The professor also added that shoppers should use the end of their keys when using the chip and pin machine.
She also said that when receiving an online delivery, dried goods should be quarantined for three days and groceries washed to rub any organisms away.
“The thing to do is to not panic. The likelihood of you getting infected is very small,” says Sally.
“If we all adhere to these rules as much as we can it will stop us having to go back into lockdown in a couple of months when cases rise again.”
During the programme, Sara found out what went on in one supermarket over a 24-hour period – including through the night.
And one Tesco manager revealed that the biggest change has been that the stores can no longer open 24/7 as they can only safely restock the shelves through the night once customers are gone.
Keeping Britain Fed is available on BBC iPlayer.