With all of the news outlets telling you to practice “social distancing” and to stay and work from home, you’re among millions of people asking themselves the same questions. “Can I afford to stay home and not work?” “If I do work…is it safe?”
Concerts, sporting events, schools, offices–they’ve all come to a stop. But bills and everyday needs haven’t. “Every gig worker that’s working right now is doing it [working] because they can’t afford not to—they’re living week to week, and there is no backup,” said Sarah Clarke, an organizer and Amazon Flex driver in Mountain View, California, in an article posted by Mother Jones.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans,” we wanted to give you steps to follow to put you at ease so you can still work during this outbreak. We encourage healthy workers in non-outbreak areas to follow these guidelines so you can feel informed and empowered to continue to work. However, if you feel sick or are living with or taking care of someone who is sick, we recommend that you follow CDC guidelines and self-isolate