It took a while before Covid-19 became the topic of discussion in Brazil. The pandemic only really resonated with Brazilians after reports of authorities who had traveled with President Jair Bolsonaro to the U.S. two weeks ago testing positive for the novel coronavirus. So far, 22 members of the president’s entourage have confirmed infections.
Slowly, Brazilian companies began adapting to a reality in which social distancing is a must—sending their employees home to work remotely. In major urban centers, authorities began imposing restrictions on non-necessary commerce and shopping malls.
But according to a poll released by Datafolha on Sunday, professionals who can allow themselves to work at home—or afford to stop working altogether—remain a very homogeneous demographic: they are young, better-educated … and rich.
Employees still at work