How Protected Are Our Most Vulnerable Workers?

Is “enough” really enough? How protected are our most vulnerable workers—those that support our country’s economy and infrastructure?

ERC Center Director David Christiani and Ph.D. student Shelton Lo advocate for stronger immediate action to strengthen measures that limit our vulnerable working population’s exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Infection rates have highlighted the disproportionate impacts of SARS-CoV-2 on essential workers, Blacks, Latinos, and other vulnerable high-risk groups. Gathering and working in indoor environments without adequate ventilation or protection from droplets and smaller aerosol particles places individuals at a particularly high risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2.5 This risk is even greater when asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic viral shedding occur. Read more.