Too often whistleblowers find their worst nightmare becoming a reality, i.e. losing their jobs, being victimised, being ostracised, demoted etc. Blowing the whistle without considering the consequences and without a strategy is where whistleblowers become their own worst enemies.
The Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdowns around the globe has put a spotlight on the need for empathy. Many have been able to display great empathy, while others have been struggling. I suspect that those organisations that have typically been bottom line driven, would have found it a lot more difficult to deal with the levels of empathy required in dealing with employees who suddenly had to go into a mini diaspora, while dealing with the inevitable bereavement that accompanied the virus as it wreaked havoc.