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CBC: Canada is slowly reopening — and new research reveals where you’re most at risk of COVID-19

May 19, 2020 — 

Moving activities outdoors and avoiding dense crowds are key to stopping the spread of coronavirus, studies suggest.

As CBC reports, regardless of when businesses officially reopen across Canada, the research trends can help us navigate which activities put Canadians more at risk, said Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of viral pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba. 

“It informs our decisions when we start to think about things like reducing [physical] distancing measures,” he said, adding that means anything from interacting in stores or dining at a restaurant. 

“We now have to think about new strategies to employ to be able to reduce these types of events.”

Kindrachuk said examples like glass barriers for cashiers could become part of the “new normal” of society after the pandemic ends, and more people will think about how easily infectious diseases spread on a day-to-day basis. 

“I think we’ll be revisiting many of the aspects of our lives where people are in close quarters,” Morris said.

“I don’t think anyone can now imagine going on a subway system that’s totally jam-packed and feeling comfortable right now.”

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