It is exactly one year since the first case of COVID-19 was found in Canada and since then more than 19-thousand people have died of the novel coronavirus.
The first known case was a 56-year-old man who travelled to China, known as “Patient Zero,” who arrived at Toronto hospital with what seemed to be mild pneumonia. A lab later confirmed the man was infected with the novel coronavirus.
Weeks after, by March 2021, mask wearing became the norm, schools and businesses started closing, lockdowns and travel restrictions were imposed and while major sporting and other events were cancelled.
Apart from the physical, mental and economic effect. the virus altered the normal lives of millions of Canadians. Some companies made their employees work from home and people were asked to physically distance — even from loved ones.
Surveys by the Association for Canadian Studies suggest that women, recent immigrants and people who were already economically and socially vulnerable have been among the most deeply affected, particularly by job losses.