Forget about Coronavirus, inequality is the real threat

Just Cities

Coronavirus is revealing deep inequalities within our societies, economies and health systems. Those who are millionaire are fleeing on private jets to their isolated mansions. The middle class professionals are protecting themselves through self-isolating and working from home, searching for movies to watch or books to read. Meanwhile, thousands of precarious workers have nowhere to hide; if an office gets infected, a multitude of workers come to clean, if a supermarket gets emptied, hundreds of workers need to stack the shelves, if someone goes sick to the hospital, hundreds of nurses need to complete extra shifts to take care of them. Home delivery workers will have to continue exposing themselves going from house to house, public transport drivers must continue running the services, even if they are empty. We haven’t understood that staying at home is not an option for a large part of our society and that inequality is…

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