Administrative Publication No. (AP-092) 31 pp

September 2021

COVID-19 Working Paper: Meatpacking Working Conditions and the Spread of COVID-19

This working paper explores how working conditions in meatpacking plants may have contributed to the spread of COVID-19. It compares working conditions within the meatpacking sector to other manufacturing industries, and finds significantly higher risk of exposure for those working in the meatpacking industry, especially early in the pandemic before mitigation measures were implemented.

Keywords: COVID-19, epidemic, meatpacking industry, rural communities, working conditions

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