Expert Pitch
West Virginia University

Worker shortage more likely than food shortage amid coronavirus pandemic

17-Apr-2020 12:05 PM EDT, by West Virginia University

Ednilson Bernardes, chair of the Global Supply Chain Management program within West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, says companies like Smithfield and Tyson Foods closing their meat-producing plants is unlikely to lead to a food shortage. Instead, he says, the bigger threat is a shortage in the workforce.

Bernardes says the crucial challenge to keeping supply chains running is the health and availability of frontline workers; however, as the pandemic evolves, the risk of an affected workforce continues to increase.

Quotes:

Audio file: “Food security is not at the risk in the near term…”
“Food security is not at the risk in the near term. The food supply chain in the U.S., and actually around the globe, is pretty robust and has been quite resilient.”

Audio file: “Taking prudent measures to preserve the health...”
“Taking prudent measures to preserve the health of the frontline workers is paramount. We see the importance of that point playing out currently, not only in the food supply chain but in supply chains in general.”

Audio file: “The supply chain industry has a fantastic workforce…”
“The supply chain industry has a fantastic workforce composed of talented, hardworking, problem-solving leaders and professionals. If that workforce becomes compromised, so does the ability to maintain the flow of supplies, and that's the big threat.”

Audio file: “The other problem is the economic stress on farmers…”
“The other problem is the economic stress on farmers that cannot switch to other channels, and I think a lot of more problem solving will be required there. There is the risk of a lot of our farmers going broke, and this can compromise the overall supply in the longer term.”

Audio file: “We also have people not showing up for work…”
“We also have people not showing up for work because they're fearful of getting contaminated. We have people that, while the schools are shut down, they have kids at home, so they actually can't go to work. All of this creates pressure and a shortage of the workforce.” — Ednilson Bernardes, professor and program chair of Global Supply Chain Management

West Virginia University experts can provide commentary, insights and opinions on various news topics. Search for an expert by name, title, area of expertise, or college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today.

 

-WVU-

bm/04/17/20



Call 1-855-WVU-NEWS for the latest West Virginia University news and information from WVUToday.

 

Follow @WVUToday on Twitter.




Filters close

Showing results

110 of 5636
Released: 13-May-2021 7:05 PM EDT
FLCCC Statement on the Irregular Actions of Public Health Agencies & the Disinformation Campaign Against Ivermectin
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC Alliance)

FLCCC Alliance calls for whistleblower to step forward from within WHO, the FDA, the NIH, Merck, or Unitaid to counter this misrepresentation

Newswise: shutterstock_1724336896.jpg
Released: 13-May-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Kreuter receives $1.9 million in grants to increase vaccinations in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis

Matthew Kreuter, the Kahn Family Professor of Public Health at the Brown School, has received $1.9 million in grants to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among Blacks in St. Louis City and County.

Released: 13-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines are Immunogenic in Pregnant and Lactating Women, Including Against Viral Variants
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers evaluated the immunogenicity of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in pregnant and lactating women who received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. They found that both vaccines triggered immune responses in pregnant and lactating women.

Released: 13-May-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Pandemic stigma: Foreigners, doctors wrongly targeted for COVID-19 spread in India
Monash University

The Indian public blamed foreigners, minority groups and doctors for the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country during the first wave, due to misinformation, rumour and long-held discriminatory beliefs, according to an international study led by Monash University.

Released: 13-May-2021 9:15 AM EDT
28 Community Programs Receive Grants Through Penn Medicine CAREs Program
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine CAREs awarded grants to 28 projects, many of which aim to fill vast needs in the community created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while others seek to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Released: 13-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET
Newswise

How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET

Released: 13-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Dental procedures during pandemic are no riskier than a drink of water
Ohio State University

A new study’s findings dispel the misconception that patients and providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office.

Newswise:Video Embedded lung-damage-not-the-culprit-for-post-covid-exercise-limitations
VIDEO
Released: 13-May-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Lung Damage Not the Culprit for Post-COVID Exercise Limitations
American Physiological Society (APS)

A new study suggests the lungs may not be the main factor that reduce exercise ability in people recovering from severe COVID-19. Anemia and muscle dysfunction also play a role. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for May.


Showing results

110 of 5636

close
1.91585