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Meatpacking Link Found in Up to 8% of Early U.S. Covid Cases (2)

Nov. 23, 2020, 10:58 PM

As many as one in 12 cases of Covid-19 in the early stage of the pandemic in the U.S. can be tied to outbreaks at meatpacking plants and subsequent spread in surrounding communities, according to a study.

The findings highlight the risk of workplace infections not just to employees but also in seeding outbreaks that expand through the local area.

The data show “a strong positive relationship” between meatpacking plants and “local community transmission” in cases through late July, suggesting the plants act as “transmission vectors” and “accelerate the spread of the virus,” according to the study by researchers at ...

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