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New Evidence Links Workplace Exposures to Spread of COVID-19; 11/19 Media Briefing with Safety Experts, Workers and Advocates Will Highlight Blueprint for Slowing Deadly Virus

Monday, November 16, 2020
Press Contacts: 

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*MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, Nov. 19th, 3 PM ET*

New Evidence Links Workplace Exposures to Spread of COVID-19;
11/19 Media Briefing with Safety Experts, Workers and Advocates
Will Highlight Blueprint for Slowing Deadly Virus

Controlling the rapid spread of COVID-19 is expected to be a top priority for the incoming Biden-Harris administration. As labor groups call on the new administration to take immediate action on workplace safety inspections and enforcement, timely new research demonstrates a clear link between worker complaints about unsafe exposures and a rise in deaths from the virus in surrounding communities.

At a media briefing this Thursday, November 19th at 3 pm ET, scientific and medical experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will join workers and safety advocates to outline specific steps to make workplaces safer from COVID-19.  Protecting tens of millions of front-line workers is essential to slowing the spread of the deadly virus.  Without adequate protections on the job, workers are at a high risk of exposure to the disease, which is then transmitted to co-workers, commuters, neighbors and family members.

Who:
Jessica Martinez MPH, Co-Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health
Nancy Krieger, PhD, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Gregory Wagner, MD, former Senior Advisor at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Adjunct Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and National COSH advisor

What: Media briefing on link between workplace exposures and spread of COVID-19 -- and what we can do about it.
When: Thursday, November 19 at 3:00pm ET
Where: RSVP to james@abpartners.co for Zoom link to press call

To register for the briefing, please RSVP to james@abpartners.co. Q-and-A will follow the briefing, and panelists are available for interviews.

“We are headed for a dark winter, with more infections, more hospitalizations and more deaths from COVID-19,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “To confront this crisis, we have to listen when workers speak out about hazards on the job, which are directly linked to the spread of the disease.  To slow this deadly virus, we must improve safety in our workplaces, with better ventilation, reduced crowding, physical distancing, and adequate PPE. Right now, front-line workers  are being treated -- without their consent -- like canaries in a coal mine.”

Bios:

Jessica E. Martinez, MPH, is Co-Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). Martinez has over 14 years of social justice endeavors with a special emphasis on public health and worker rights throughout the United States, Venezuela, and Brazil. Ms. Martinez also has worked as a labor organizer for dynamic organizing campaigns in California and Illinois and has a research background in investigating effective outreach, prevention, and intervention methods for improving lifestyle quality correlated to public health for underserved populations.

Nancy Krieger, PhD,  is a professor of social epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, and more than 30 years of activism involving social justice, science, and health. She is the senior author of “COVID-19: US Federal accountability for entry, spread, and inequities.”

Gregory Wagner, MD, is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public Health and chair of the Policy Working Group for the Harvard Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing.  He previously served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC). A National COSH Advisor, he is the co-author of “An Urgent Proposal to Protect American Workers,” an eleven-point plan for stopping workplace transmission of COVID-19.

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National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit coshnetwork.org. Follow us at National COSH on Facebook, and @NationalCOSH on Twitter.