Health care workers, firefighters, police, airline workers, emergency service workers and other first responders are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Federal health officials have said the spread of the virus is likely and may cause severe disruptions to everyday life. The labor movement has long advocated for increased federal, state and local funding needed to restore the public health infrastructure and to respond to public health emergencies, and the comprehensive, enforceable standards necessary to ensure all workers on the front line of an outbreak are protected from infectious disease agents so they can provide the vital services, treatment and care the public depends on.
The AFL-CIO is working with its affiliates to immediately develop and disseminate educational, training and logistical resources and recommendations and the most up-to-date materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the World Health Organization, research experts and others about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, many of which are listed here.
Click here for the National Nurses United coronavirus preparedness survey.