While many of us stay at home, hundreds of thousands of "essential workers" are still going to work, putting their own lives at risk.
This week, Meghan McCain has spoken out calling for all essential workers to "have their pay doubled."
But not everyone agrees with her. Keep scrolling to find out why...
We are relying on essential workers more than ever right now.
People who talk down to grocery store and fast food workers should feel bad about themselves right now. Those worke… https://t.co/XHzwj0OWna— Mikala (@Mikala)1585229269.0
These people are putting their lives at risk.
Just a few weeks ago, so called ‘unskilled’ workers, or low paid workers, such as social care workers, nurses, port… https://t.co/8mTyEvE7Fh— Baroness Hussein-Ece (@Baroness Hussein-Ece)1585812086.0
And of course, we can't forget about frontline healthcare workers.
I wanted to take a minute to send a special thank you to everybody working on the front lines to battle the COVID-1… https://t.co/oXpAiL9I6q— danawhite (@danawhite)1584637661.0
In fact, things have gotten so bad that retired healthcare professionals are being asked to return.BBC.
Just last week, doctors and nurses were pleading for masks.Across the globe, staff are being forced to re-use dirty masks or even make their own.
This is truly awful.
@choo_ek @VP #GetMePPE @SenStabenow @RepDebDingell @SenGaryPeters Reusing the same mask all day, so I had covid a… https://t.co/VSC5058ZWZ— Vidya Kumar Ramanathan, MD MPH (@Vidya Kumar Ramanathan, MD MPH)1584452022.0
Not to mention the fact that when they finally finish their shift...
Tried to get some shopping tonight - went to 3 big stores and came out with ice cream and crisps! 😩 When & how are… https://t.co/ID9lXoB7xQ— Sara Dampier 💙 (@Sara Dampier 💙)1584647605.0
But of course, there is still so much good in the world.
I found two boxes on my doorstep this morning. Thank you whoever you are. This independent doctor is forever gratef… https://t.co/LZqUrdMzMM— Niran Al-Agba, MD (@Niran Al-Agba, MD)1584474545.0
People have also been coming up with other ways to show their gratitude.
This just brought tears to my eyes. People on this street clapping at 7:30 tonight to show their thanks to frontl… https://t.co/0CZmkZ08wS— Cynthia Mulligan (@Cynthia Mulligan)1584661022.0
But it seems that one star thinks that more should be done for essential workers.
She is calling for all essential workers to have their pay packet doubled.
via: The View / YouTube“I think that anyone who is doing any kind of essential work for us right now should not only get hazard pay but should have their pay doubled," she said. “These people are putting their lives on the line, putting their families at risk just for us to be able to get our groceries and needed packages."
And if companies refuse to pay up?
via: The View / YouTubeMcCain thinks it's down to the government to ensure pay is increased. "I think it is up to the government," she said. “If we have to do another stimulus and aid package for essential workers that’s what we have to do at this time."
Her comments come after workers at Amazon and other companies began protesting over a lack of suitable protection on the job against the virus.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it seems most people agree with Meghan's stance on the matter.
Twitter was flooded with reactions to the star's comments.
I agree...folks working (grocery stores, janitorial workers, truck drivers, etc.) during this crisis should receive… https://t.co/wCOYK3eZ5n— Maria Rodriguez (@Maria Rodriguez)1585667697.0
Some raised this point.
I am an RN, at high risk for contracting CV19, but grocery store employees, delivery drivers, anyone working with t… https://t.co/sEFlCGpiZx— 🎚🦀🏩📚🇺🇸MAGA (@🎚🦀🏩📚🇺🇸MAGA)1585669612.0
Another user also pointed out that some journalists should qualify for higher pay too.
@MeghanMcCain @TheView I agree with you. Give hazard pay to people who are working in the field under these scary c… https://t.co/a0O7ek7ItM— NoDramaPlease 🇺🇸 (@NoDramaPlease 🇺🇸)1585667971.0
But it seems that not everyone agrees with McCain...
via: Getty ImagesNot everyone thinks doubling pay is a good idea.
Some raised this point.
@MeghanMcCain While workers on the front line should get hazard pay, they should not get double pay because the com… https://t.co/8dMFfWtHER— Hot&Sweet (@Hot&Sweet)1585674966.0
Others think the priority should first be given to frontline healthcare workers.
@TheView Give hazard pay to the healthcare workers & first responders FIRST & then give it to the other “essential” workers.— Life is Good (@Life is Good)1585675016.0