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How to cope with anxiety as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across Canada

Some people have higher tolerance for uncertainty and higher tolerance for risk. That’s a good thing to try and figure out about yourself.

(Stephanie Dubois/ CBC News) — Learning to live with COVID-19 is a message that’s been repeated by provincial and territorial leaders across the country.

But learning to live with the virus isn’t that simple for millions of Canadians whose medical condition or age has increased their risk of developing complications from a COVID-19 infection.

As provinces and territories lift pandemic restrictions such as mask mandates and vaccine passport programs, society’s most vulnerable are being forced to assess their risk tolerance.

“For some people  — immunocompromised or the frail elderly, for example — it might be quite dangerous for them to get COVID. We shouldn’t be cavalier,” Dr. Steven Taylor, a clinical psychologist and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, told Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC podcast The Dose. (…)

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