“One of the strangest things about this pandemic is the sudden loss of structure, and that is something I grapple with. I’ve really enjoyed being at work because there’s this sense of shared purpose.
When I’m at home, I feel this restlessness and a sense of urgency to support my colleagues and be present.
I know it is important to rest and recover when possible, but managing the tension between the two has been challenging for me.
Having work during this time is such a privilege, and there are so many people who don’t have jobs or can’t go on working because of the current circumstances. We’ve seen the impacts on essential workers – like PSWs – who are predominantly migrant and racialized women working low-wage jobs in under-protected circumstances. We have seen that people experiencing homelessness have minimal ability to ‘socially’ distance. And we’ve seen long term care residents and workers be disproportionately affected.
There are so many inequities that have been brought to light during this pandemic, and I hope that our attention to these disparities doesn’t just go away once this is over.”