What's It's Like Being A Healthcare Worker During A
As a healthcare worker, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, but apart from the families that have lost loved ones
in this global health crisis, nobody has suffered more than healthcare workers around the world. Here in Canada, where the
virus has infected 1.2 million people to this date, including almost half a million in Ontario; healthcare workers report being
exhausted and sometimes discouraged, but they also demonstrate their strength and resilience, which is why they have earned
the respect of patients and their family members more than ever before.
In this special article, we have gathered the testimonies of six local healthcare workers, who told us what it is really like to be a
part of the medical field and work as a healthcare worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Covid has ruined most of our lives and has affected me personally on a day-to-day basis at work by these unnecessary
lockdowns. Being a frontline worker, I have seen firsthand the rise of unemployment, depression, and suicide attempts. Also the
rise of murders, domestic violence, and lastly opiate consumption causing deaths. This has affected my attitude at work. I feel
defeated as if no one is listening; as if you are immediately discredited when you attempt to become a voice for these people in
poverty, victims of violence and addiction because I feel this pandemic is much more important to those who matter more
(geriatric demographic with generational wealth and influence). This virus is serious, do not get me wrong, it is fatal and it is
unbiased on whom it affects, but who these lockdowns affect most is targeted, alienating, and much more harmful than we could
possibly imagine” – Paramedic from London, Ontario.
“The most difficult part of my work as a healthcare worker during COVID-19 would have to be having to work short-handed
constantly. Staff is either calling in sick with symptoms or taking leaves of absence due to stress. This increases the workload