Just found out via the State of Washington that I and my coworkers are not eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine at this time.
We work directly with raw sewage before it even gets to the treatment facilities.
We're not being considered healthcare workers despite what we do being fucking imperative.
There's evidence that SARS-CoV-1 spread via aerosols from wastewater. It's suspected, but not entirely verified, that SARS-CoV-2 can spread in the same fashion.
Three of three of our treatment plants have people either out from Covid or quarantining as exposed persons, as well as one of two of our offsite teams.
We're exposed to this whenever we enter a wetwell or open a pump to remove the very random things flush down the drain. But nope. Not essential enough.
COVID, Anger, Sewers
This is just one more way we refuse to realize the importance this sector plays in maintaining the society we all live in.
If the apocalypse happened tomorrow, I'd be expected to come into work. If a 9.0 earthquake fucking flattened half the city, I'd be expected to walk to work and stay at work as long as possible.
But apparently when it comes to a pandemic? Fucking crickets.
Fun fact! You can see which points in the combined King County-Seattle sewerage system are overflowing at any given point in time at https://kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/cso-status.aspx