It’s not enough to call them “heroes”, we need to listen to their voices – and act

As we move into the tenth month of the pandemic (the first official case of COVID-19 in Canada was declared on Jan 25), healthcare workers – frontline, essential workers – have been engaged in a battle with the virus that seemingly has no end in sight.

Healthcare workers on the frontlines have been tirelessly working to contain the spread of the virus and treat those infected, nevertheless there have been alarming reports of violence towards frontline workers increasing amid the pandemic.

Moreover, healthcare workers are a high risk of contracting the virus themselves. Since the initial outbreak, infection levels among healthcare workers in Canada have consistently been high. According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), as of July 23, 2020, healthcare workers made up 19.4 per cent of the total cases of COVID-19 in Canada.