Package delivery employees are going to Chicago
Package delivery employees are going to work sick.
The number of workers who are sorting the boxes, loading them into trucks, and transporting and delivering them around the country is increasing. The workload is making them sick. Many of them have coughs, sore throats, aches, and fevers — symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. However, they are still reporting for their shifts in crowded shipping facilities and warehouses and truck depots, fearful of what will happen if they don’t. UPS, FedEx, and XPO Logistics are three of the largest shipping and logistics companies in an industry that collectively delivers about 18 trillion dollars’ worth of goods every year. With millions of Americans now on lockdown, home-delivery orders have soared, and the companies have become among the few power sources keeping the lights on in the darkening U.S. economy. UPS, for example, is one of the main companies that deliver packages for Amazon. More than 30 employees of UPS, FedEx, and XPO said in interviews and emails that they were worried that their warehouses and trucks had become breeding grounds for the virus.