Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protecting front-line workers: Steps employers and workers can take in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)


Workers are on the front line fighting the spread of COVID-19they need protection and accurate information. They and their employers can do some simple things to increase protection during this fight. 

Organizational approaches targeting the conditions of work can help protect these front-line workers. The systems approach based on research of The Center for Work, Health, & Well-being recognizes common pathways that impact worker safety, health, and well-being. 

Below are resources specific to COVID-19 for workplaces and workers. We will update this page with additional information and are adapting our own resources to improve the working conditions for front-line workers. 

If you have questions or suggestions on other resources, email us. And follow us on Twitter for more updates.


COVID-19 resources for employers and workers:



Resources from other Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence:



Additional information about coronavirus (COVID-19):



In the News: Our colleagues discuss approaches to protect workers and beyond 


March 27, 2020 | Michelle A. Williams and Vish Viswanath, Thriving in the New Normal
Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Misinformation Puts Public Health at Risk

March 25, 2020 | Leslie Hammer and Lindsey Alley, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
4 key strategies to help supervisors support employee well-being during

March 21, 2020 | Atul Gawande, New Yorker
Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health-Care Workers: What Singapore’s and Hong Kong’s success is teaching us about the pandemic

March 19, 2020 | The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH)
WNYCOSH Guidance for Cashiers in Retail Establishments During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 19, 2020 | Safety and Health, The Official Magazine of the National Safety Council
COVID-19 pandemic: ‘Not too late’ to begin response planning, NIOSH director says 

March 18, 2020 | Marc Lipsitch, STATNews
We know enough now to act decisively against Covid-19. Social distancing is a good place to start

March 17, 2020 | Archana Basu and Karestan Koenen, WBUR
Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

March 16, 2020 | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health collaborates with Thrive Global to launch The Health and Wellness For All Program

March 16, 2020 | Marc Lipsitch and Joseph Allen, USA Today
Coronavirus reality check: 7 myths about social distancing, busted

March 11, 2020 | Arianna Huffington & Michelle WilliamsFortune
Combating coronavirus starts with keeping health workers well

March 4, 2020 | Joseph Allen, New York Times
Your building can make you sick or keep you well


Other information about the COVID-19 pandemic:


March 23, 2020 | Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

March 25, 2020 |  Matthew Haag, The New York Times
Virus Rules Let Construction Workers Keep Building Luxury Towers

March 25, 2020 | Eric J. McNulty and Leonard Marcus, Harvard Business Review
Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?

March 21, 2020 | Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura and Jeffrey E. Singer, The New York Times
The Delivery Workers Who Risk Their Health to Bring You Food

March 20, 2020 | Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times
Who Qualifies for Paid Leave Under the New Coronavirus Law

March 16, 2020 | The Editorial Board, The New York Times
Protect Government Workers, Too, From the Coronavirus 

March 13, 2020 | Maria Godoy, NPR
Flattening A Pandemic's Curve: Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives

March 8, 2020 | Juliette Kayyem, The Atlantic
The U.S. Isn’t Ready for What’s About to Happen

March 3, 2020 | The Editorial Board, The New York Times
We Are Ignoring One Obvious Way to Fight the Coronavirus
(addressing the need for paid sick time)