Clearly meat packing plants are suffering greater risks of Covid-19 outbreaks. My question is why and how. Experts say that tightly packed, cool and moist working conditions are conducive to spread of virus.
Which makes sense of course, but I am wondering how effective wearing masks and gloves are in those places since some plants do and some don't, at least judging from photos. Maybe the risks are minimal to the plants where masks are worn, and not so where masks are not worn? Does anybody know?
The other confounding aspects of the plants is that the lunchrooms (at least in the photos I saw) are jammed packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder w/o masks or gloves. So perhaps the viral spread is actually taking place in the lunch rooms instead of the work areas?
Thus, I wonder if anyone has carefully examined the meatpacking plant outbreaks. By understanding the specifics and the precise mechanics of viral spread in those areas, we could possibly make judicious decisions of how to get the schools to re-open and get the nation back to business so as to minimize risks. For example, maybe masks should be worn in the school classrooms, whereas alternatives to packed lunchrooms might be the winning ticket?