No doubt Clemens Tönnies regrets not having implemented proper health, safety and hygiene measures at his company. The German meat-processing company bearing his family name is these days the scene of a big outbreak of corona infections. On the site near Gütersloh, 1029 employees (status 20/06/20) have been infected; all 7000 employees and their household members have been put in quarantine. Tönnies is almost single-handedly responsible for the sharply rising R-factor in Germany (up to 1.79 on 20.06.20)1.
Mr Tönnies should have looked for guidance and advice in an unexpected direction: America’s adult film industry. Surprising, or perhaps not. After the H.I.V./AIDS outbreak in the nineties the industry had to adopt a policy of testing, treating and tracing, back then a bare necessity in order to survive. Today, it has led for example to the Performer Availability Screening Services, or PASS. PASS is a nationwide program which involves frequent testing for H.I.V. and online registration of the test status of actors.
COVID-19 poses tougher challenges, with so many more ways to become infected. The approach is still worth more than a look, several public health experts state. Moral objections should be put aside. As Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of H.I.V., points out: though the two viruses are entirely different, “following the adult film industry example of testing is smart.” The New York Times reports.