C.V., 50, a healthcare worker in Mississauga, Canada

This pandemic changed our lives.I am not able to socialize as much, so all I do is go to work, come home, and sleep, and then I’m back at work again. A lot of the nurses and PSW’s who work with me like to socialize outside of work. We need to get our mind off of work sometimes, and we’re finding that it’s hard to do that right now. We’re surrounded by the news and any time we speak to somebody at work, it’s always about COVID-19. So right now, things are getting a little overwhelming for us and there’s a lot of frustration going around. We feel more anxious when we are hearing from neighbouring retirement homes and long term care when residents and workers were tested positive and seeing numbers of deaths rises. Sometimes, we feel so burned out and tired but we’re are thinking who will look after and care for these elderly right now that even their own families are not allowed to visit them.

[submitted on 5/16/2020]

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