Prisons are just as much of a hotbed for transmission as cruise ships, but they often aren’t at the top of the agenda for public health officials during a pandemic.
As the coronavirus outbreak has spread around the world, health officials have homed in on cruise ships, quarantining vessels as a way to ward off more cases of COVID-19. It makes sense; when it comes to potential contamination zones, cruise ships, with their close quarters and communal activities, are a hotbed for transmission. But there’s another type of facility that is particularly vulnerable to pandemic outbreaks: prisons.
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