As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is spreading around the world, various practical tips have been shared as to what people can do to avoid the further spread of the virus. Researchers at the University of Minnesota compiled a handy checklist about do’s and don’ts for pork and livestock producers.
The checklist was created by 2 veterinarians, Dr Montse Torremorell and Dr Jeff Bender, both attached to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, USA.
In an informative article on the website of the University of Minnesota, both authors indicated that although they are working mainly for pig health, they now need to take a broader view and think as ‘one health’ specialists. They wrote: “Without healthy workers, pigs’ health and well-being will suffer, not to say the producers themselves, the workers and all allied industries.”
They went on to write: “The impact on our agricultural sector could be dramatic, not only on the farm but all the allied industries that support those farms.”
The researchers stated that there are a couple of things that can be done until a vaccine has become available. They subdivided their advice in 3 strategies. In short, they come down to:
General biosecurity protocols are the 1st line of defence. These should include:
Without healthy workers, pigs’ health and well-being will suffer, not to say the producers themselves, the workers and all allied industries.”
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The scientists went on to state that, although there are no documented cases of Covid-19 in pigs, “viruses can be promiscuous.” In other words: pigs need protection too and ill employees also should be kept home for that reason, they said.
For more information see Swine Disease Eradication Center