By Russell Redman
Source: Supermarket News
As the nation tries to emerge from the shadow of COVID-19, the virus remains a key concern for essential frontline workers in the food, grocery and other industries, a study by United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) finds.
For the research, UFCW and UNMC conducted monthly surveys of 17,617 UFCW members in all 50 states from June 2021 to May 2022. Data from respondents showed that, from July 2021 to May 2022, COVID infection rates rose from 2% to 15% among UFCW members, including grocery, health care, meat packing and processing, and other food employees. Those rates of infection were 10 times higher than U.S. incidence rates over the same span, UFCW noted.