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Epidemics and other natural disasters tend to both illuminate and reinforce existing divisions.
History offers a precedent. Collective anger at low wages and poor working protections can produce lasting social change.
The pandemic may be bad for workers’ rights.
Some believe that people should simply work harder or get more education to escape jobs with no prospects. But now, those jobs, like those in warehouses or grocery stores, are seen to be crucial.
The risk of infection hinges on class. Those people who can work from home are less likely to get sick, while the low-income workers who still have jobs are likely to be stuck in close contact w...
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“Save the economy or save lives” is a false choice.
A group of economists published a paper on the 1918 flu outbreak. Their findings revealed:
The hope is for a deep, short recession, to show that people have shut the economy down to limit the spread of disease.
Asking millions of able-bodied workers to stop working creates a crisis of unemployment.
During this time, the U.S. is expanding unemployment benefits and are also delaying tax filing. In northern-European countries, the government is directly paying businesses to maintain their payrolls to avoid mass layoffs and furloughs.
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The virus that is causing the current outbreak is a respiratory one and spreads through droplet infection.
The virus particles on any surface decrease rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.
If a food worker coughs over your food while preparing it, although really gross, your risk of contracting the disease that way is minimal.
According to a 2018 overview of respiratory viruses, the virus reproduces along the respiratory tract. It is a different pathway than the digestive tract food follows when you swallow it.
Even if you handle contaminated food and then deposit the virus along your respiratory tract, it's highly unlikely to get sick this way.
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