COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

The Information on the pandemic and virus is constantly evolving, and this site is updated frequently.

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, and the disease is spreading rapidly across the United States. Federal, state and local governments are taking steps to slow the spread of the disease by limiting crowds in public settings, such as schools, workplaces, public transportation, and cultural and sporting events. These necessary measures not only disrupt everyday life, but cause economic uncertainty for millions of working people.

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all workers, including workers on the front lines of this public health emergency. We have trained, educated and equipped our members with the tools they need to be safe on the job, but we are demanding additional urgent action to ensure employers implement comprehensive plans to protect front-line workers and reduce the risk of exposure to the general public. 

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems. We cannot afford to allow cost considerations to discourage workers from taking the necessary action to protect public health. Workers should not incur additional costs for doing what is recommended or required, including staying home from work or getting the tests and treatments they need.

The pandemic also is beginning to inflict a heavy toll on the economy. We are doing everything we can to limit the negative impact on the livelihoods of working people, and we continue to demand dramatic action from local, state, and federal governments on a scale every bit as large as the threat.

Below are resources and guidance from leading experts, government agencies and America’s unions about the COVID-19 pandemic, and recommendations to limit its impact on working families.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to our health, economic security and well-being, and our government needs to respond with strong and decisive action. Tell your senator to take a critical first step bypassing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Industry-Specific Resources and Guidance

Airline Workers

AFA-CWA: Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Update
AFA-CWA: Communicable Disease Incident Response Checklist

ALPA: Coronavirus Information for Flight Crews

CDC: Interim Recommendations for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China
CDC: Guidance for Airlines on Reporting Onboard Deaths or Illnesses to CDC
CDC: Preventing Spread of Disease on Commercial Aircraft: Guidance for Cabin Crew

FAA: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews

IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Airline Workers and Employers

Educators and School Support Staff

AFT: Resources on the Coronavirus
AFT: Coronavirus: Information for Educators and School Support Staff
AFT: COVID-19—How to Be Prepared: Bulletin for Higher Ed Faculty and Staff
AFT: Cleaning Tips – Custodians and Others Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC: Interim Guidance for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Emergency Response Workers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States

IAFF: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
IAFF: Interim Guidance for EMS for COVID-19 in the United States

Entertainment and Arts Workers

AFM: COVID-19 Resources

AGMA: Updates and Resources for Members Regarding Coronavirus

Government and Public Service Workers

AFGE: Latest Guidance on Coronavirus

AFSCME: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

AFT: COVID-19—How to Be Prepared: Bulletin for Public Employees

NTEU: Agency Coronavirus Responses

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Border Protection Workers and Employers
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Workers and Employers

Health Care Workers

AFT: Coronavirus: Information for AFT Nurses and Health Professional Members and Employers

CDC: Information for Health Care Professionals: COVID-19

IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

NNU: COVID-19: What Nurses Need to Know
NNU: Selection of Protective Protective Equipment for Nurses and Other Health Care Workers Caring for Patients with COVID-19 

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Health Care Workers and Employers

WHO: Infection Prevention and Control During Health Care When Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Infection Is Suspected
WHO: Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
WHO: Advice on the use of masks in the community, during home care and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
WHO: Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected
WHO: Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts

Laboratory Workers

CDC: Information for Laboratories: 2019-nCoV

OSHA: Interim Guidance for Laboratory Workers and Employers
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Deathcare Workers and Employers

Maritime and Transportation Workers

ATU: Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC: Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019

IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

ILA: OSH Coronavirus Update

International Transport Workers’ Federation: Coronavirus Update and Advice 

SIU: Seafarers and American Maritime Association Coronavirus Protection Protocols for SIU-Crewed Vessels Calling on Ports in China

TWU: Health and Safety: Coronavirus Resources

U.S. Coast Guard: Marine Safety Information Bulletin on Novel Coronavirus