The coronavirus quarantine has affected all of our lives in some way. From physical distancing to wearing masks to doing our schoolwork and jobs from home, we've all been asked to do our part.
But this call to help one another has especially strong for frontline workers. These people have had to work twice as hard and under dangerous circumstances to protect the country from the spread of COVID-19.
We all owe them our thanks—a point made clear by the new single from Canadian teen girl group Girl Pow-R, "Thanks To You!"
This JUNO-nominated group (members aged 11 to 17) has already made a name for themselves with their super-positive pop music and message of equality and social justice. They have already devoted their time to helping a bunch of different causes and charities, including WE Day and the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
They are continuing this trend with "Thanks To You". This single takes the song "This Is Us" from their 2019 debut album and uses new lyrics to pay tribute to all those working to protect and help us everyday through this crisis. They also want to remind us that all of us have the opportunity to help others right now, no matter our age or place.
“As a band, Girl Pow-R wants to continue to do our part and share ideas about how everyone can be a ‘helper’ to those who need support right now,” said the band in statement.
Listen to their catchy song of gratitude in the video below.
Who are frontline workers?
Frontline workers are the people who perform jobs that are vital to keeping us healthy and safe, as well as to keeping society moving.
This list obviously includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, and lab technicians—the people who work in hospitals attending to patients and processing tests for the virus.
But this list includes many other workers as well. The janitors who clean and sanitize hospitals and other public spaces. The grocery store workers who stock shelves and sell us food so we don't go hungry. And the many workers who can't stay home because they keep essential services running in our cities and towns—from energy to sanitation.
Do you have any family or friends who are frontline workers? Along with the girls of Girl Pow-R, we say thanks for everything!