A Toronto doctor is sharing the story of his intubated patient, with the patient's consent, to demand "better protection" for Ontario's essential workers.\nDr. Michael Warner, a critical care physician at Toronto's Michael Garron Hospital, said his patient would be at home if vaccines and paid sick leave were readily available. \nEditor's Choice: One Toronto Neighbourhood Currently Has Hundreds More COVID-19 Cases Than Others\n\nThis is the story (shared with permission) of a patient in her 40s with #COVID we just intubated. If @ongov provided essential workers with better protection, she would be at home with her family. pic.twitter.com/KfjFJPZYeu— Michael Warner (@drmwarner) March 29, 2021\n\nWarner said the patient's husband worked in a factory that "had an outbreak of COVID-19 but not on her husband's shift, so he was told to continue to go to work," leading to the whole family contracting a COVID-19 virus variant. \nWith his ICU filled almost entirely with essential workers, Warner said he was sharing the example to make a case for paid sick leave, paid vaccination time, and the reallocation of vaccinations to hot-zone regions.\n"If we don't change what we're doing — if we don't offer protection to essential workers — the same people are going to continue to get nailed by COVID-19," Warner said.