California’s farm workers pick America's essential produce – unprotected from coronavirus

California’s roughly 400,000 agricultural workers are deemed essential, but often without proper safety measures or guaranteed benefits

Amadeo Sumano picks strawberries with his bare hands in Ventura county, on California’s central coast, and packs them into plastic containers bound for supermarkets. He received a letter from his employerinforming pickers about the importance of hand-washing amid the coronavirus outbreak. But Sumano, 38, and his coworkers, he said, have not been given any gloves.

“Nothing has changed at work,” Sumano said in Spanish. “The distance principle, 6 feet between people, does not work in agriculture.”

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