More Numbers

This was released at the end of April:

Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest food and retail union with 1.3 million members in grocery stores, pharmacies, meatpacking plants, and other essential businesses, released a new update on the growing number of frontline workers who have been exposed, sick, and died from COVID-19.

According to the UFCW’s internal reports, which were released on Workers Memorial Day, there have been at least 72 worker deaths and 5,322 workers directly impacted among UFCW members. This covers grocery, retail, pharmacy, meatpacking, and other essential industries and those directly impacted include workers who tested positive for COVID-19, missed work due to self-quarantine, are awaiting test results, or have been hospitalized, and/or are symptomatic.

It’s a 0,0055% mortality rate in people who never stopped working. Of course, it’s a population that tends to be younger but with the money that’s been sunk into the quarantine we could have bought Hazmat suits for every employer over 40 and have done with it.

It’s staying at home (especially the nursing home) that kills people, not going to work.

7 thoughts on “More Numbers”

    1. “I think 72 divided by 5322 comes to 1.35%”

      The relevant term is “0,0055% mortality rate in people who never stopped working” so it’s not the percentage of those directly affected but percentage of those who were working…


    2. The 5322 is an irrelevant number here. We are looking at the mortality among all of the workers in these sectors. There are 1,300,000 million of them.

      The 5322 number are people who are affected, mor than anything, professionally, financially and socially.


        1. This is incredibly helpful because I’m right at this moment writing the part of my article that has to do with the psychological impacts of the COVID response, and there are great links here.


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