Our food supply is typically very stable. Rain or shine, field and packinghouse workers harvest and process food for the American people. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a level of uncertainty which leads people to wonder what will happen if outbreaks of illness at many locations prevent workers from harvesting.

Employee health and wellness should be the primary focus of every organization. Without these human resources, an organization is hard-pressed to provide the products and services customers need. The healthier an employee is, the better able he or she will be to contribute to company success. Individual health and wellness will either disrupt or enhance collective health and wellness.

COVID-19 aka Coronavirus has changed life as we know it. The resounding sentiment is that we’ve never seen, nor did we ever think we would see, anything like this. Countries are closing their borders. Schools have closed their doors. Coronavirus has become more than a threat. Sadly, it is our current reality.

News of cancelled sporting events, interrupted travel, closed schools and postponed business events inundate our TV screens, our email, and our minds. We’re told to shelter-in-place, and only venture out for essential purposes. We’re reminded that while we’re out, we need to practice “social distancing” to protect ourselves and others.

Vacations are meant to be times of rest and relaxation. We look forward to blue water, clear skies and all the great food we can eat. But, what happens when your vacation is cut short by illness? What if you’re illness is caused by an actual outbreak, or in the case of COVID-19, a pandemic?

Schools make excellent environments for the spread of disease. Crowded conditions, and overall poor hygiene contribute to children contracting illness and passing it along to their families. Poor hand washing habits poses a particular problem, because kids don’t understand the importance of using soap and water to prevent disease.