No one’s talking about winter yet. When it comes to COVID-19, here’s why we should

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, winter could bring a whole host of new challenges — and experts say now is the time to prepare. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — You might be reading this while sitting on your front porch or lounging at the beach. Perhaps you’re on a park bench or taking a pit stop on a summer road trip.

Wherever you are in Canada, chances are you don’t have sub-zero temperatures on your mind just yet. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, winter could bring a whole host of new challenges — and experts say now is the time to prepare.

“No one’s talking about winter,” said Laura Rosella, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

“I think, frankly, everyone’s just overwhelmed with the next big change, which is back to school, and we almost can’t think that far — but it’s probably what we should be doing.”

For months, we’ve been told to stay apart to stop the spread, but chilly temperatures will force people to cram indoors. We’ve been able to run for fun and bike to work, but snow-covered streets will bring workouts into gyms and more commuters onto transit networks. (…)

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