Healthcare workers, such as doctors, nurses, and personal support workers, who are battling the COVID19 pandemic are now facing an even higher risk of contracting the virus. Some frontline workers in hospitals have been urged to ration and re-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), while others working in long term care have experienced extreme staffing shortages and the fallout from pandemic planning that was not enacted early enough.
In early April 2020, roughly 10 per cent of Ontario’s cases were people working in the healthcare industry, including physicians, nurses, and personal support workers. Almost a month later, healthcare workers make up roughly 16 per cent of all cases.
Read about one Ontario nurses’s experience.