Coronavirus Christmas: Canadians should celebrate outdoors, virtually, experts say

Coronavirus Christmas: Canadians should celebrate outdoors, virtually, experts say

As Canada continues to struggle to contain the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts say the holiday season is going to look very different this year.

We know that it’s going to be a modified Christmas, it’s pretty clear that that’s going to be the case,” Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases faculty member at the University of Toronto said.

However, he said there are “certainly steps that we can do” to make the holidays as safe as possible.

First and foremost, Bogoch said people should educate themselves on the public health restrictions in their region, as they differ across Canada.

“Let’s just all know what’s expected of us and get that information from a credible source and act accordingly,” he said.

But regardless of where you are, Bogoch said everyone should be limiting their close contacts “as much as possible” and “really double down and adhere to our fundamental public health principles.“

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“Putting on a mask when we go into an indoor environment,” he said. “Keeping physically distanced and really having a sense of situational awareness about not getting into settings like where we know the virus can be transmitted — which are basically crowded indoor settings.”

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