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How the New Virus Could Create a New Working Class

Workers' rights

The pandemic may be bad for workers’ rights.

  • The pandemic might be blamed on outsiders - the Black Death led to massacres of Jews across Europe.
  • In the past decades, many low-income whites have become allied with other whites, not with poor people.
  • Organized labor is still far off. Busy employees at large retailers are spread across the country and don't have a centralized way to communicate.

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How the New Virus Could Create a New Working Class

How the New Virus Could Create a New Working Class

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-class-war-just-beginning/609919/

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Existing divisions

Epidemics and other natural disasters tend to both illuminate and reinforce existing divisions.

  • The division in our society is between those who can keep their jobs and work from home, and those who are losing their jobs or are in possible contact with the virus.
  • Corporate bosses are retreating to their summer houses, while the workers are on strike to protest their working conditions.

Hope for low-income workers

History offers a precedent. Collective anger at low wages and poor working protections can produce lasting social change.

  • One study that looked at 15 significant pandemics revealed an increase in wages for three decades afterward.
  • After the Plague of Justinian, worker incomes doubled.
  • After the Black Death in the 1300s, textile workers in northern France received three raises a year.

Workers' rights

The pandemic may be bad for workers’ rights.

  • The pandemic might be blamed on outsiders - the Black Death led to massacres of Jews across Europe.
  • In the past decades, many low-income whites have become allied with other whites, not with poor people.
  • Organized labor is still far off. Busy employees at large retailers are spread across the country and don't have a centralized way to communicate.

Poverty and wealth

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.

There could be a return to a 1950s style view of the working class, where low-wage jobs are looked at with a sense of dignity. No one is more essential than the one making it possible for you to get food.

The risk of infection

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 with other humans. For example, grocery-store clerks. 

Wealthier people also have fewer underlying health conditions that aggravate the new viruscri and are more likely to be practicing social distancing effectively because they can afford to stay home.

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  • Avoid gathering in public places.
  • Keep 6-10 feet distance from other people.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
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When Going Outside
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Contagious And Hidden
  • The new virus is contagious, with a high reproduction rate.
  • The people who aren't displaying any outside symptoms are also contagious, making the new virus difficult or even impossible to control.
  • Currently, no one knows how many people are carrying the dormant virus in them while displaying no symptoms.
No Cure So Far

Older people and those with weak immunity are more susceptible to the virus. Children, who get infected severely by the flu are only showing mild or no symptoms to the new virus.

Flu infects far more people but there are vaccines for it. The new virus currently has no treatment or vaccination.

Current data for the severity of the virus shows that 80 percent have a mild infection, 15 percent had a severe illness and 5 percent critical illness.

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