There will be a second wave, but before that workers and activists should be prepared to take advantage of the lull to make some demands.
This article is about the US but it applies here too.
"We've kept the whole damn country running," she said of the working poor.
"We're the ones you rely on. When everything's falling apart and breaking down, we're the ones you're calling essential employees.
"Maybe, this will be a huge wake-up call for people ... This is really going to be our moment, to start pushing back."...
One thing that binds a few of the people interviewed for this story is a hope that when the short-term panic subsides and life slowly reverts to its less chaotic state, people will demand longer-term changes.
"This feels like the awakening of a sleeping giant," Jones said.
There will be immediate push back that the world/Canada cannot afford to improve things now due to the economic devastation of Covid 19.
We have to be ready with information about the decades of tax cuts, with numbers, and relevant other information like who has the money now.
Basic income is now a no-brainer as is pharmacare to help individuals recover.
This will be the moment to unionize workers. They will not have to fear losing their jobs and if any do the instant the second wave begins they will have them back. They can't be all be fired anyway. It's a worker's market in which employers have refused to compete perferring to rely on immigration.
They may plead poverty, but they will find the billions for however long this takes so they can find the billions to treat workers decently or at least something like it. The workers keeping the country running deserve rewards beyond just "thanks".