Essential. Heroic. Brave. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the people who have been working on the front lines during COVID-19.
Now, nearly 18 months into the pandemic, those words are triggering for some. The messages of thanks have mostly ended. Pandemic pay is mostly gone. Many workers feel as if they’ve been forgotten.
To understand their work and the toll the pandemic has taken on them, TVO.org asked five workers from a range of industries to film a week of their lives on the front lines. Some find themselves constantly exposed to the dangers of COVID-19; others advocate for better conditions — both for their colleagues and for the public.
Paramedics Evan Eichler and Lily Chen
Grocery-store clerk Josie Barberi
Outreach worker Lorraine Lam
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