Most of the people living in informal settlements have very little savings and nearly all work in the informal economy, often as employees in informal enterprises or as micro-entrepreneurs such as those selling vegetables. A small proportion have low paid jobs in the formal economy such as cleaners, factory workers and guards.
Some of these households will be able to secure food from their extended family networks in rural areas but many will not. Increased use of food from rural areas will require more movement and potentially spread the disease.
It is extremely difficult for these workers to self-isolate; there is every likelihood they will carry on working.
In informal settlements it is common for families of 2-5 people to live in a single room shack or tenement block of around 3 metres by 4 metres. Shacks are often adjacent to each other, with a single water tap and pit latrine shared between 5-10 families.
This puts to risk families and causes isolation difficult and incase of a case of infection,the spread becomes quite fast