Can we learn something from our COVID-19 heroes about the ‘second wave’?

The headline and subtitle of this Atlantic article made me chuckle because it’s true.

Calling Me a Hero Only Makes You Feel Better


While reading it, it also made wonder, has anyone looked at the spread of the Covid-19 among our front-line heroes?

Many of them never stopped interacting with large swaths of the population while the rest of us have been cocooned.

It seems like, for all the folks speculating about what might happen when we reopen the economy, we could reduce our guesswork some by looking at the folks who have stayed open the whole time.

Has it spread more or less than folks who have stayed-at-home and by how much?

I’ve seen news articles reporting the cases of front-line workers who die or the case of the meat packing plant in South Dakota (which may be more attributable to their home lives, than their work lives). But, overall it seems like a lot spottier than what I would expect for folks who have continued to interact with others on a daily basis.

If we were to discover that is has been about the same or less than everybody else, folks might point to measures they’ve taken that might be effective like wearing masks (though I haven’t yet seen employees wear masks), hand washing/sanitizing and 6 foot social distancing.

But, if that’s the case, good. We can feel even more comfortable that we can get back to it and doing those things will help.


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