‘I’ve already got infected lungs’: for sick coal miners Covid-19 is a death sentence

Miners with black lung struggle during the pandemic with layoffs, benefit cuts and the threat of a virus that would almost certainly kill them Coronavirus – live US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage Seven years ago John Robinson of Coeburn, Virginia, was diagnosed with black lung. A coal miner for nearly 30 years, 54-year-old Robinson and many of his fellow workers already faced years of health issues. And then came Covid-19. Scarring of the lungs caused by years of coal dust inhalation , more formally known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, leaves miners at high risk of developing serious complications from coronavirus . Now the mining industry is trying to cut its payments to the fund that supports those affected. Continue reading...