Ana Beatriz Cholo is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer and activist who has worked as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, the Press Telegram in Long Beach and the Whittier Daily News. Her areas of focus include writing about race, equality, identity and social justice. She was part of the Chicago Tribune education team nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2004. More recently, she has performed communications work for Courage Campaign, California Calls and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. Ana occasionally contributes to the Huffington Post. She served four years in the U.S. Navy.
El Super employee Martin Ayala. (Photo: Ana Cholo)
To the sources of airborne diseases brought in from schools, hospitals and airliners, add a new threat: Thousands of low-paid food handlers who are compelled by economic circumstances to remain on the job even when they are ill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Infected food workers cause about 70 percent of reported norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food.” The CDC’s recommendations for containment include, “Requiring sick food workers to stay home, and considering use of paid sick leave and on-call staffing, to support compliance.”