Connect  |  Newsletter  |  Donate

Here’s what COVID-19 has taught us over the past year

Posted: December 16, 2020

(December 15, 2020)

By: Veronica Appia,

Back in March, Ontarians were getting fined for sitting on park benches — alone.

Patients were being denied masks at their local health clinics and hospitals.

People were going around calling the virus “the great equalizer.”

Now, nine months later, much of what experts and citizens thought they knew about the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, from health implications to social implications and so much more.

Here are the greatest lessons learned from COVID-19 in 2020.

Touch and infection

Toronto infection control expert Colin Furness said research has changed much of what experts initially thought to be true of COVID-19 back in March.

He said there was an initial concern that touch was a factor in becoming infected with the virus, but there is no clinical evidence that suggests that to be the case.

“We believe it is much less likely so, clinically speaking, when we know how people have gotten infected, he said. “We know that it’s through shared contact through air, rather than touch,” he added.

As well, Furness said, COVID-19 is not as contagious as was initially thought. Specific conditions must be created for the virus to spread.