Understanding COVID-19 Among Industrial Livestock Operation Workers: Salivary Bio-Markers and Mixed Method Approaches
September 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Carolyn Gigot, Johns Hopkins ERC for Occupational Safety and Health
Industrial livestock operations (ILOs), particularly livestock processing facilities, emerged as centers of COVID-19 outbreaks across the United States in early spring of 2020. In collaboration with a North Carolina community organization, we conducted a prospective cohort study of ILO workers, their household members, and community residents in metropolitan areas of North Carolina to compare SARS-CoV-2 infection and antibody levels. Higher levels of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid IgG antibody, which suggests recent COVID-19 infection, were present among ILO workers and their household members compared to nearby or metropolitan area residents. Questionnaire responses showed inadequate protections against the spread of COVID-19. This webinar will review the biomarker and mixed methods approach used to explore COVID-19 in ILOs, as well as discuss workplace health and safety across the hierarchy of controls during COVID-19.