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How to protect essential workers during COVID-19

How to protect essential workers during COVID-19 Even with COVID-19 forcing social distancing for the weeks or months to come, the U.S. still requires an enormous class of workers to keep essential services online. Since many of these workers risk their lives to protect ours, the nation has a responsibility to protect the health and financial stability of these individuals and their families. Presented by Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys COVID-19: essential workers Coronavirus is a genuine shock to daily life. Typical activities-sitting down at a restaurant, meeting with colleagues-are suddenly foreign and deeply missed. Mayors and governors have wisely recommended residents practice social distancing, quarantine and isolation, all to minimize a massive wave of infections and give our health care systems a chance to slow the spread of COVID-19. While millions of people are laid off, another set of individuals work in industries that the nation collectively asks to not slow down. These essential workers ensure that the hundreds of millions of people under shelter-in-place orders can continue to live their lives. Source: www.brookings.edu Essential workers risk coronavirus exposure to serve their communities Responding to a Mar. 16 executive order signed by President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated a large list of essential infrastructure workers who "protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security." The list covers workers in a broad array of industries. On average, 85% of these workers are frequently in close proximity to others, 79% are frequently exposed to disease, and 89% have face-to-face interactions. It's much harder to accurately measure the risks that workers face in grocery stores, trade and logistics, and other establishments, but it's very clear that many could potentially be exposed to COVID-19 and will require closer monitoring. Of DHS's list of essential infrastructure workers, health care practitioners and support workers face the greatest levels of exposure. Source: www.brookings.edu MILK BREAD FRESH ВАКED Essential workers are not equally prepared for personal health impacts Even as tens of millions of people could be exposed to COVID-19 in their workplace, not all essential workers are equally prepared to manage coronavirus related health impacts in their own lives. Although millions of nurses and health care practitioners are earning higher wages, millions of other essential workers do not. From home health aides to packagers, some of the largest occupations in DHS's list are not only exposed to risks on the job, but they also earn much less than the country's median wage ($18.58 per hour). Nearly 2/3rd of essential workers earning wages below the national median must be in close physical proximity to others in order to perform their jobs. Disease exposure also tends to be higher for lower-wage workers. Rates of physical proximity, disease exposure, and face-to-face interactions for lower-wage workers and higher wage workers, 2018 100% 89.3% 90% 81.5% 80% 70% 65.1% 60% 50% 44.9% 40% 30% 22.4% 17.2% 20% 10% 0% Share frequently Share with frequent Share frequently in close proximity to others exposed to disease face-to-face interactions | Lower-wage workers | Higher-wage workers Why America's most essential vworkers are poorly treated Data confirms that for DHS-designated essential workers who are not able to work from home, simply showing up to work will put them at risk. Food preparation workers (median $11.41 per hour), stock clerks ($12.36), and physical therapist aides are among the lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers found across DHS-designated industries. Low-wage workers are vulnerable to economic risks in general, but it's clear that many are vulnerable to considerable health risks as well. Many workers within DHS's list of essential industries are also unlikely to carry health insurance. Roughly 12% of workers in these industries do not have medical insurance, leaving them, their spouses, and their dependents exposed to substantial medical expenses if they require COVID-19-related medical service. Wages for selected DHS-designated essential workers with frequent proximity to others, 2018 $20 100% $18 90% $16 80% $14 70% $12 60% $10 50% $8 40% $6 30% $4 20% $2 10% $0 0% Food Storck Nursing Physical therapist aides Pharmacy All U.S. preparation workers clerks and assistants technicians workers order fillers Hourly median wage Share frequently in close proximity to others Essential workers are taking care of us. Are we taking care of them? Many people in DHS's list of essential workers face an impossible choice. The nation needs their professional services during this time of collective response-however continuing to work or commute if it is required could cause irreparable physical and financial harm to them and their families. The federal government has a moral and economic responsibility to protect essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic-specially those that must continue to work outside the home. 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In accords to Brookings.edu, COVID-19 is a genuine shock to daily life. Typical activities—sitting down at a restaurant, meeting with colleagues, hugging a friend—are suddenly foreign and deeply m...

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