Self-isolation is a luxury that gig economy workers can ill afford | Aidan Harper

The UK government encourages quarantine to limit the spread of coronavirus. For insecure workers, it may not be an option

Coronavirus isn’t just a disease – it’s a test of the systems that are part of our everyday lives. In the recent guidance it released to the public, the government said it would encourage self-isolation as the primary way to contain the spread of the virus. Yet for many of the low-paid workers in Britain who look after your parents, deliver your food or drive your Uber, self-isolation means forgoing wages in order to protect others from disease.

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