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.
Dr. 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.
This is the story (shared with permission) of a patient in her 40s with #COVID we just intubated. If @ongov provi… https://t.co/Rqc8ONqR7c— Michael Warner (@Michael Warner) 1617045379
Warner 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.
With 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.
"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.