Coronavirus News: London Heathrow Baggage Handlers Positive – Bloomberg
Coronavirus has reached Europe’s busiest airport, after two British Airways baggage handlers at London Heathrow tested positive for the disease.
The affected workers are recovering in isolation at home, British Airways parent IAG SA said Friday in an email. A small number of the luggage handlers’ colleagues are also being tested, a person familiar with the matter said.
The outbreak’s presence at such a heavily traversed junction is likely to escalate concerns about air travel after the virus’s spread from Asia caused consumers in Europe and the U.S. to pull back. The International Air Transport Association warned this week that carriers may lose $113 billion in sales this year, almost four times greater than its estimate of the epidemic’s impact from just two weeks earlier.
Consider all of those low pay workers who cannot take time off because they are part of the gig economy, or are making less than minimum wage, as they are serving, cooking food, carrying bags, packages, cleaning homes, and providing thousands of services all across the world.
Between 30 to 40 million people in the US have no health insurance and will not be paid if they get stuck in quarantine at home or elsewhere, and their medical costs won’t be covered either, putting them even deeper into debt and desperation.
What could go wrong?
Cough, cough, sneeze.