Vendors at fresh markets face highest risk of infection: CCSA
An analysis of Covid-19 cases originating from markets shows that vendors face a greater risk of infection compared to shoppers, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.
The centre studied 1,815 cases that were linked to markets nationwide and learned that 90.19 per cent were vendors and only 9.81 per cent were customers.
Most of the infections or 96.86 per cent were found in fresh markets and 3.14 per cent in flea markets. Also, most of the patients or 88.27 per cent were Myanmar migrant workers at fresh markets, especially those selling seafood.
The 1,815 cases hailed from 36 provinces, though Samut Sakhon led the list with 1,496 patients found in fresh markets and 46 in flea markets, followed by Bangkok with 71 from fresh markets and six from flea markets, Nonthaburi with 51 from fresh markets and one from flea markets, Pathum Thani 26 and one, and Samut Prakan 23 and one.
The key reason for the infections was people’s failure to follow the “DMHTT” measures or distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing, temperature screening and Thai Chana check-in. Failure to clean frequently touched areas such as toilet doorknobs was also blamed for the infections.
It is recommended that vendors sit behind plastic panels to protect themselves. Vendors face a higher risk of infection because they need to travel to different areas to purchase stock.
Dr Taweesin added that vendors need to strictly follow the preventive methods because they stay in the market for long periods, compared to customers who just grab and go.