AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Pharmacy workers are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic and have to interact with the public every day.
How do pharmacy workers protect themselves?
Tanya Pearson, the pharmacy manager at Amory Discount Pharmacy, said normal business and prescription intake has been down but is starting to go back up again.
She said drive-thru traffic picked up over the past few weeks.
More customers are coming to buy over-the-counter medications instead of going to the bigger stores.
Pearson said when the outbreak began, the pharmacy quickly ran out of hand sanitizer. They contacted a distillery to get more.
Once the pharmacy got the sanitizer, employees ran into an issue with packaging it.
"Getting the bottles to put it in was the issue," she said.
Since the sanitizer is from a distillery, it is not like the normal gel hand sanitizer.
The hours of the pharmacy have changed. The pharmacy is open fewer hours since business has been slower.
"We don't have as much staff working at the same time, so our hours have been cut some."
Pearson said insurance companies have been more lenient.
Some customers are not having to sign every time to pick up prescriptions. So, there is no cross-contamination with sharing a pen.
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.