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Covid-19 Is Turning San Francisco’s Inequality Gap Into a Chasm

Tech staff get bonuses, perks while low-income workers’ pay drops

San Francisco's Shelter-in-Place Order Shows U.S. What's to Come
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating wealth and racial inequalities around the world. Nowhere is that more apparent than in San Francisco.

While many low-income employees in the service sector have been laid off or risk getting sick if they do go to work, the city’s high-paid tech workers have been mostly shielded. The engineers and product managers who helped push up the cost of living in the area over the last 15 years aren’t nearly as affected by the pandemic, with companies like Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. giving them cash bonuses to upgrade their home offices and organizing virtual yoga sessions to help them stay fit.