In this interview, Tynisa Williams, former teacher in Montgomery, Alabama, describes the experience of being forced to teach in-person in the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021. She and her coworkers waged a courageous struggle to stop the deadly return to in-person learning that cost the lives of eight educators in the district.
The World Socialist Web Site has initiated the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic to break through the cover-up, falsifications, and misinformation that have been deployed to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions since the initial detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Drawing upon the knowledge of scientists and public health experts and the real-world experience of working people and students, the Inquest will investigate and document the disastrous response of governments, corporations and the media to the pandemic.
The pandemic has turned workplaces and schools around the world into crime scenes, where a deadly virus has been allowed to run rampant.
Contact us to help expose the political and economic forces and interests that drove the policies that allowed the uncontrolled transmission of the virus and its development into a catastrophic pandemic that has killed millions worldwide.
“I felt like I was in quicksand… at times it seemed like it was never-ending”
In this interview for the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, flight attendant Tim Yoder shares his experiences in early 2020. Tim caught COVID-19 in mid-March 2020 after being told he was an “essential worker” and had to continue flying despite feeling ill when multiple coworkers had already tested positive for COVID-19.
In this interview for the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, Alberta nurse Kerry speaks on her experience with Long COVID and the unions’ complicity in enforcing the government’s “let it rip” pandemic policy.
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
In this video testimony, Catherine Pace’s family describes the working conditions which led to her death and the deaths of countless other autoworkers during the still-raging pandemic.
“That governments are doing nothing about proper ventilation is alarming, disappointing and frustrating.”
Aerosol physicist and health scientist Lidia Morawska speaks with WSWS about worsening COVID pandemic
Professor Morawska criticises the failure of Australian governments to improve indoor air quality standards to minimise airborne transmission of COVID-19. She also raises concerns about the “disciplinary” action against Dr David Berger for his zero-COVID advocacy on social media.
“Never in modern history have we just rolled over and said, ‘Yes, we must totally submit to infectious diseases.’ It’s a bizarre and unprecedented situation.”
We are republishing the April video interview with Dr Berger, along with an edited text transcript, to assist those fighting AHPRA’s blatant attempt to gag this principled fighter for Zero-COVID and consistent opponent of the Australian governments’ homicidal “let it rip” policies.
“The Gamma variant was maliciously created in Manaus by Bolsonaro’s herd immunity policy”
The studies led by Ferrante showed that the reopening of schools in Manaus in late 2020 led to the emergence of the Gamma variant, responsible for two-thirds of the COVID-19 deaths in Brazil.
“This is a warfare of the upper classes against the lower classes”
Health care expert Gregory Travis speaks on the impacts of COVID-19 on children, misinformation and the cover-up of data
Travis exposes the lies and misinformation spread about COVID-19, in particular its impacts on children, and documents the steady erosion of data tracking over the past year and during the Omicron surge.
“My child has had several friends die from COVID. Long COVID in kids is terrifying, and the impact is already noticeable.”
This interview was conducted with a public health employee of the Hawaii State Department of Health (HIDOH), as part of the WSWS Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. The worker chose to use the pseudonym Robert to protect their identity.
“Death, disability and suffering due to COVID-19 have been preventable since day one”
Northern California parent and media worker CJ discusses her struggle with Long COVID symptoms and for COVID safety, reflecting upon the wide-ranging social impact of the pandemic.
The survey exposes how the total abandonment of all public health measures by the political establishment has had enormous and ongoing impact in the schools including mass infection, long-term illness, death and social crisis.
“The entirety of the pandemic has been a chronic case of mismanagement and outright negligence”
A paramedic with 10 years experience discusses the city’s negligent response to the pandemic and the consequences that it has had for his colleagues’ mental and physical health.
“At the beginning of the pandemic we were not allowed to use masks”
An obstetrician and gynaecologist from London describes an NHS woefully unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic: How a young Tesco worker was victimised for whistleblowing
I had no intention of bowing down to such outrageous demands for secrecy, so I went on Snapchat to publicise that there was a case of COVID within the store.
Shielding UK mother of seven given “final warning” by schools over COVID-19 absences, also facing homelessness
Laura Baines is the mother of seven children between the ages of eight and 25. Her 15-year-old son Louie suffers from cri-du-chat syndrome, a rare disease resulting from a chromosomal condition where a piece of chromosome 5 is missing. She spoke to the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic about her family’s experiences during the pandemic.
This submission to the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic documents the attempts made by the Swedish government to export its “herd immunity” strategy of mass infection to countries throughout the world.
English language instructor in China speaks to the Global Workers Inquest about the Zero COVID program
“We were united in a common sense driven determination to keep ourselves and others safe in the face of a sudden, novel, and terrifying virus outbreak. Among friends, colleagues, and neighbors, the sense that we were working collectively for the safety of the whole community was universal,” she said.
“Health workers held protests demanding a lockdown, as well as more tests and health facilities. The government only declared a second lockdown because this opposition was developing.” – Sri Lanka doctor
Sri Lankan migrant workers explain difficulties they faced due to the criminal response of the ruling elite to the pandemic in both the Middle East and Sri Lanka.
“As frontline health workers we have been battling the pandemic in hospitals and experiencing how the government has been handling the pandemic in a criminal manner.”
One of the most striking facts about the pandemic is that China, the country from which SARS-CoV-2 first emerged, has suffered very few cases. This article is a detailed look at China’s Zero COVID policy.
An Auckland-based teacher told the WSWS how his increasingly severe Long COVID symptoms were misdiagnosed by doctors who said he had mental health issues. He said the government was allowing COVID to spread and ignoring the consequences for people’s health.
“Tired, sick people are seeking help from tired and sick people in a system in which there is very limited knowledge”
Yeoman spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the failure of Australian governments to support sufferers of the debilitating illness and the disastrous consequences of ending basic COVID safety measures.
“There was no real consideration of what COVID would do to the already stressed and burned-out healthcare industry”
“The rank-and-file committees you guys are organising are absolutely amazing because we are the people who hold the power, and without us, you cannot run a public hospital system.”
Australian educator speaks to Global Workers’ Inquest: “The biggest lie was that kids didn’t get COVID, did not transmit it, and then if they did become infected it was mild.”
Amanda became active in the Committee for Public Education (CFPE) at the beginning of the pandemic and after being victimised at her school for speaking in defence of educator and student health and safety.
A parent of two young children in South Auckland, who suffers from asthma, said she is being harassed to send them back to school, despite the dangers she would face if she caught COVID-19.
New Zealand nurse Bron Markham described her experience working as a vaccinator last year during the government’s rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, and denounced the abandonment of the COVID-19 elimination strategy.
“The government should be held responsible for those who have died”
“They have not just embraced the ‘let it rip’ policies, they have done everything within their power to encourage people to put themselves in situation in which they will get infected.”
A 22-year-old Wellington student spoke to the WSWS about her experience with Long COVID and her deep concern at the Labour government’s decision to lift public health restrictions while infections and deaths are surging.
“Death is being ‘normalised’ because the priority is keeping the economy open”
“Working in a chronic healthcare environment, I deal with comorbidities every day. It’s not an excuse to just allow people to die early because they have an illness.”