Her employer, a 71-year-old physician, returned from Paris recently with a cold. Though she tested negative for the novel coronavirus, Santos, who cooks and cleans for the family, can’t shake her anxiety — or her mounting annoyance. Governments are urging social isolation. Officials have asked the upper classes to put their maids on paid leave. But she’s still working.“They cannot survive without me,” said Santos, 48. “They depend on me for everything. ‘I lost my glasses: Do you know where they are?’ ‘Next to the bed.’ ‘Where is the control for the TV?’ ‘Over there.’ I am scared of catching it from [my boss], but it’s not an option for me to be unemployed right now. I am a worker.”As coronavirus moves deeper into Latin America, analysts expect the region’s everyday structural inequities to accelerate the spread of covid-19. Imported by the wealthy, the virus is now reaching into impoverished communities, at times through domestic employment, infecting people with fewer resources to combat the disease, with sometimes deadly results. Rio’s first death was a maid who is believed to have caught it from her employer.“You have a clear division in terms of class,” said Joaze Bernardino-Costa, a sociologist at the


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