Migrant farmworkers could spread Covid-19 from Florida
This is a farmworker’s life: Riding buses to work, shoulder-to-shoulder. Picking fruits and vegetables in hot fields, on your hands and knees, right next to someone else. Sleeping in cramped apartments. It’s these conditions that contribute to the spread the coronavirus, and the reason why farmworkers in America’s tomato capital have one of the highest rates of infection, globally. Now, as those same farmworkers prepare to leave Florida, and begin their annual migration up the eastern seaboard and into the Midwest for the summer harvest, many are worried they will bring the coronavirus with them. The outbreak in Immokalee, public health experts tell The New York Times, may not be local for much longer.