NYU Study: Nearly a Quarter of Transit Workers Contracted COVID

By Kevin Deutsch and Sasha Gonzales
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com, sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

A pilot study by researchers at New York University found roughly 24 percent of frontline transit workers in New York City contracted coronavirus—and likely  got the disease at work, according to NYU.

Researchers at NYU’s School of Global Public Health, seeking to better understand the potential impact of COVID-19 on Transport Workers Union members, said they sent a brief, anonymous survey link to about 3,000 bus and train workers.

In a little over three weeks, more than 700 transit workers responded, with completed questionnaires obtained from 645 workers. The demographics of the survey participants mirror the demographics of the larger union membership in terms of gender (predominantly male), race and ethnicity (predominantly Black and Latino), and age (average 51 years), according to the study’s findings.

Nearly one-quarter of respondents reported a history of coronavirus, according to the researchers.

Workers who reported COVID-19 infections were significantly more likely to have known a co-worker who tested positive, the study found.

Respondents who had to stay in home quarantine because of a known exposure at work were also significantly more likely to report their own infection, researchers said.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.