Cost of Living

Cold chain logistics, difficult decisions and the changing demands sex workers face from COVID-19

The similarities between transporting vaccines and transporting ice cream. Plus how to make difficult decisions about going home for the holidays during a pandemic, and how sex workers are adapting to the COVID economy.
A worker at a frozen food logistics company unloads a truck that normally stores goods at -20 C; a sex worker poses in a workspace adjusted for the new COVID-19 reality for her industry in Germany; travellers navigate an Illinois airport as the holiday travel season kicks off in the U.S. (Falice Chin/CBC, The Associated Press, Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

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Two of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines need to be refrigerated at sub-zero temperature, so maintaining an environment ranging from -20 C to -70 C will be crucial to transport and deliver millions of doses.

We visit an industrial cold chain facility to find out how it's done, and we ask an expert if Canada is ready.


And can't decide whether you should go home for Christmas? We walk you through a five-step process, to help you self-assess the potential risks and rewards.


Plus it's not easy maintaining work that's highly physical during the pandemic. But like other small businesses, sex workers are learning to pivot as well.

From home made videos to sexting services, we find out how sex workers are adapting to the COVID economy.


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