Many of us are beginning to feel stir crazy at home, but it’s worth remembering that we are the lucky ones. Amazon workers are still going to work every day, where they are in an enclosed warehouses with up to 2,000 coworkers, working long hours so that the rest of us can practice social distancing. But is Amazon doing everything it can to protect its employees?
Coco McPherson and I investigated what work is like inside Amazon facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. We found inconsistent safety measures, backbreaking productivity expectations, and social distancing guidelines that are far less rigorous than public health recommendations. There are now eight Amazon fulfillment centers in which employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. Workers told us they’re terrified they’ll get infected too and bring the disease back to their neighborhoods.