Most South Africans had never heard the phrase "flatten the curve" before last week. Nor "social distancing". A week ago, the horror-movie script of a global shutdown caused by Covid-19 was far-fetched. Now it’s reality.

But it’s a strange reality, isn’t it. The calls to work from home and "self-isolate" are all well and good for the middle classes with an office job that involves sitting in front of a computer. For the working class, it’s an entirely different story...

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