Overlooked Frontline Workers During this #COVID19 Pandemic: Food System Workers 

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From The Journal of Nutrition:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) poses an occupational health risk to food system workers including farmers/producers, grocery store workers, emergency food system staff and volunteers (e.g., food pantry workers), and others. These food system workers have been pushed to the front-line of this pandemic, providing essential services that support food consumption for all Americans. Food system workers are some of the most economically vulnerable populations and are at risk of further financial disparities and contraction of COVID-19 during this pandemic. As we continue to grapple with the best strategies to support the food system and mitigate concerns around the spread of COVID-19, appropriate measures must be considered to better protect and support front-line food system workers that safeguard food access for all Americans.

Source: Food System Workers are the Unexpected but Under Protected COVID Heroes | The Journal of Nutrition | Oxford Academic

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2 responses to “Overlooked Frontline Workers During this #COVID19 Pandemic: Food System Workers 

  1. Not to mention the cleaning people at the hospital.
    As we were going over the nutso doffing process we thought was necessary back in March to keep us alive, when we thought we were dealing w The Plague, as opposed to the Bad Flu, (which may well turn out to be a Killer Cold), I asked what precautions the cleaning people were taking to not be infected by our “contaminated” scrubs, which we were supposed to doff ASAP—and got a whole lot of blank stares back from the truly amazingly STUPID people who administrate our hospital systems.

    Really–think about it. Who becomes a hospital administrator??

    Losers from third tier business schools end up in hospitals. Can’t make the cut in Big Finance or Consulting; too scared to go out and do something on their own.

    And then, there are the nurses. People who went in to a field where they would be carrying out somebody else’s orders every day of their lives.
    God bless them!

    Not every one of them falls into the above, of course–just 90%.

    • You reminded me that back in the beginning of the pandemic we were planning on putting all the COVID-19 patients in negative pressure rooms (to keep the virus from leaking out into the rest of the nursing unit). My 120-bed hospital has maybe six of those rooms. We have at least 20 COVID patients now.