In any disaster, whether war, storm or pestilence, the rich have always been able to protect themselves better than the poor. Unsurprisingly then, the Covid-19 pandemic is aggravating inequality in both economic and health terms.

Job losses disproportionately affect lower-level workers, while the roaring bubble in asset prices benefits the rich. The available evidence also shows that working-class households have borne the brunt of Covid-19 infections. Meanwhile, in the past month the government systematically cut disaster relief for low-income families and the newly jobless...

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