At least 15 people in the US airline industry died from COVID-19 in a period of just nine days earlier this month, a new report claims. While millions of Americans shelter in their homes amid widespread coronavirus lockdowns, airline and airport employees are still clocking in to help get planes off the ground – and putting themselves at risk of infection in the process. A grim report published in the Los Angeles Times on Monday found that at least 15 workers across the industry had died from COVID-19 from April 5 to 13, citing airlines, unions and interviews with relatives. The true number of coronavirus deaths within the industry is suspected to be significantly higher, though without a central tracking system it is impossible to tell. Airlines have declined to release case numbers among their employees – and in at least one case appeared to try to hide the figures. Delta emailed flight attendants on April 9 telling those with COVID-19 to ‘refrain from notifying other crew members’ or posting on social media, according to an email obtained by the LA Times. In a statement to the outlet, a Delta spokesperson said that the email used ‘incorrect language’ and that… Read full this story
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