America’s rich work from home & whine while poor lose jobs or get exposed to coronavirus – poll

America’s rich work from home & whine while poor lose jobs or get exposed to coronavirus – poll

FILE PHOTO. A bicycle delivery person rides through a mostly deserted Times Square. ©REUTERS / Carlo Allegri


Poorer Americans are more likely to have lost their job or be forced to work as usual amid the coronavirus epidemic. But those in the upper classes can work remotely while stressing out about the crisis.

At least that’s the indication of an Axios/Ipsos poll about the working status and emotional wellbeing of people in the US. Almost half of upper middle class Americans have switched to working from home amid the health crisis. The same is true for 39 percent of the upper class.

In contrast, only three percent of lower economic strata had the same luxury. Between 26 and 34 percent of lower-to-middle class Americans are working the same way as they did before the outbreak, exposing themselves to a greater risk of being infected. And 15 to 20 percent have lost their jobs.

But the Americans who are better off tend to be more upset about the situation than their economically struggling compatriots, according to the poll. Almost half of the rich (47 percent) said their emotional well-being has gotten worse, compared to 34 percent on the other side of the socioeconomic scale […]

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2 thoughts on “America’s rich work from home & whine while poor lose jobs or get exposed to coronavirus – poll

  1. I’m one of the poorer middle class still working at the job because somebody’s gotta do it. Technically they offered to shut down what I typically do for our health, but I have no benefits as a part-time employee and was gonna end up going without pay (or scraps of it) for nearly two months. That was not an option, and the way I looked at it, I’m trying to be helpful out and about (because nothing makes me feel worse than feeling useless, which I would be feeling at home without an outlet). As long as I’m feeling fine and don’t suspect i might’ve gotten exposed, I’m staying open. If I even think there’s a possibility I might have been exposed, however, I can let the boss know and they’ll shut us down. I have no argument with that, but considering how many are looking for jobs right now, or have some lined up and are just waiting for “normal” to come back, or have to take their law enforcement tests (which I’m allowed to proctor), I couldn’t say shut down while there was a chance I could help do something… at least for a little while.

    I just have to make sure I’m not lying to myself about my health and my own concerns, because it’s been my modus operandi my whole damned life to put my own health and concerns aside to help out other people. But this is one case where I can’t afford to do that, and I have to remind myself of that a dozen times a day now.


  2. Wow, ChattyIntrovert. Sounds like you’re between a rock and a hard place. Are you wearing a mask? After watching this video, I am convinced that even a home made mask is better than nothing (some of the hospitals have been approaching volunteers for handmade masks – they don’t protect you against aerosols but they do against droplets – which is the most common method of transmission. I will be making a mask later today from a t-shirt.

    Here are the instructions for making one from a t-shirt:


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