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The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is out with a new study, conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), looking at the continuing impact of Covid-19 on the "essential" workers that make up its membership.

Some conclusions:

•  UFCW members who reported having COVID infections before May 2021 were twice as likely to be reinfected in the past year.

•  Of those UFCW members who contracted COVID, 59% said that they believed it was likely they contracted the virus in their workplace.

•. Six percent of respondents contracted COVID needed to be hospitalized, which is a significantly higher rate than the nationwide 2% rate of hospitalization.

•  Four percent of workers reported being unable to return to work after contracting COVID.

•  In May of 2022, half of respondents report that their lives were still deeply impacted by COVID.

“The unique partnership with UFCW has recorded the full scope of the markedly increased risk of COVID infections among union essential workers,” said Ali S. Khan MD, Dean College of Public Health, UNMC. “Policies to protect these essential workers are critical to weathering the current surge of COVID cases nationwide and being ready for the next pandemic.”