John Goglia’s latest column in Aviation International News is about safety culture in aviation.
As I write, a number of events surrounding the wearing—or not wearing—of masks and social distancing, particularly at large indoor events, have dominated the news. Some occurred at nationally recognized landmarks but many occurred in various communities across the U.S. What these events had in common was that they resulted in many people becoming infected with the coronavirus, and they were termed “super spreader” events. Without getting into a political debate about masks—but to be clear, I wear them myself in line with CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19—I am interested in the various workplaces identified in media reports. Of particular interest to me were reports that employees who wanted to wear masks in some of these workplaces were discouraged or outright forbidden from doing so, putting their health and the health of others at risk. Of course, I don’t know the particulars of any given workplace situation but photos of some of these events made clear that wearing masks and social distancing were the exception and far from the rule.
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