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PANDEMIC PROTECTIONS

How different delivery companies are treating workers during coronavirus

Reuters/ Kim Kyung Hoon
Taiga Fukutani, a comedian whose entertainment bookings dried up following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, works as an Uber Eats delivery man in Tokyo, Japan April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon โ€“ RC2O5G9DOT9Q
  • Olivia Goldhill
By Olivia Goldhill

Science reporter

The coronavirus pandemic has made delivery workers essential. Major companies worldwide now face unprecedented public pressure to provide adequate benefits to these workers, who prior to the pandemic were frequently treated as expendable.

Coronavirus has made sick pay a standard feature, even in the gig economy. But there are plenty of caveats. For example, a company that provides sick pay to workers diagnosed with coronavirus or told to quarantine by a public health body is of little use in countries where tests and public health bodies are hard to access. Quartz contacted several major companies worldwide to ask about their current benefit offerings. Here are their responses as of publication time.

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