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Jakarta Post

Containment efforts reveal glaring economic inequality

  • Haris Apriyanto

Seattle   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  01:24 am

COVID-19 has been haunting all countries for the last three months. There are many lessons we are learning from this pandemic, especially when it comes to how the outbreak disproportionately impacts lower- to middle-income individuals and working families, not only in lower- to middle-income countries but also in high-income countries.

Containment measures such as physical distancing, working from home and closing some public places are very strategic and proven to be effective; at the same time, some people do not enjoy the privileges of those policies.

A working-from-home instruction was announced following a rise of confirmed cases in Indonesia. However, people who enjoy the luxury of working from home are those who have an office and they are mostly categorized as part of middle- to upper-class society. Workers who can’t work remotely are at high risk of getting the v...