Early in the pandemic, a New York Times article highlighted the risk of contracting COVID-19 by occupation. It was no surprise that loggers showed up on the low end of the risk scale, both because of outdoor work and being naturally socially distanced. So why would we undertake a large-scale survey of COVID-19 impacts on logging workers across the Northeast? Because we know this public health crisis has ensnared nearly all aspects of our lives, and essential workers (a category that includes loggers) have been hit especially hard. We are grateful to the nearly 500 loggers across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia who lent their voices to the survey. We are working hard to analyze these data, so check back soon to read the full report.
Gamio, L. (2020, March 15, 2020). The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk. New York Times.