As COVID surges in Canada, workers ‘can’t afford to get sick’
Toronto, Canada – When Carolina Lopez woke up with a sore throat in November, her mind immediately went to the worst-case scenario: COVID-19.
For the Toronto resident, who works two jobs as a restaurant server and cleaner, a COVID-positive diagnosis would not only affect her health – it could mean losing the pay she needs for rent, groceries and transportation.
“Every time you go outside, you are at risk of getting sick and you just can’t afford to get sick,” Lopez told Al Jazeera. “If you get sick and stay home, you’re not going to receive money to pay for your basic needs.”
Lopez ultimately did not have COVID-19 and she recovered from her illness after a few days.
But her fear that a positive COVID-19 diagnosis would spell financial disaster is shared by thousands of…