Occupational Health: A Key to the Control of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities

Ann Intern Med. 2020 Dec 1;173(11):924-925. doi: 10.7326/M20-4543. Epub 2020 Jul 27.


Coronavirus disease 2019 has swept through prisons in much the same way it has nursing homes: after being introduced by staff or newly arrived residents, it spreads efficiently, including to many with medical vulnerabilities. Yet, many correctional workers lack basic protections. The authors believe that ensuring community-standard occupational health for correctional staff during COVID-19 will protect prison residents, staff, and their communities.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • Correctional Facilities*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Health*
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2