Published by Toronto.com
By: Tamara Balan, Interim CEO
Not that long ago, people in Toronto had their sights set on upcoming vacation plans. Then, in just a matter of weeks, the world changed. Now the message is the exact opposite — stay at home.
It’s been nearly a month since Torontonians were asked to help “flatten the curve” of infection through physical distancing — and there’s no doubt it’s been challenging for many.
For those of us who can, staying in or working from home is a small price to pay to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents. But research suggests that a lack of meaningful social connection can have the same negative effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And with 4 million people in Canada living alone, isolation is a key concern.