Toronto is getting nervous about events and festivals because of coronavirus fears
Fears over gathering in large groups has already prompted Shopify to cancel its annual conference in response to the outbreak, eliminating the "in-person" element and avoid putting anyone at risk of contracting the virus.
Avoid crowds and stay safe. #CoronaVirusCanada— Cuttlas (@Cuttlas6) March 2, 2020
"Corona fest," someone declared on Facebook in response to an announcement about this year's CBC Music Festival.
"Not the best idea right now with what’s going on too soon!!!," wrote another.
While Canadian health officials maintain that the risk of contracting coronavirus 'remains low', concerns over gathering in large groups isn't sitting well with some.
Served with COVID19?— Elitecounter (@Elitecounter1) February 29, 2020
Tell me, how is that blogs like yourselves don't balance your foodie and event promotions with a warning about the #coronavirus?
Surely, you're not oblivious to what is going on?
Everyone has a responsibility to mitigate spread as much as possible.
One person was quick to point out that life doesn't stop for no outbreak.
One cannot stop living because the media creates a pandemic. These are the same individuals who made a color of a dress a controversy— Dr. E. Brown (@DrEBrow11394126) February 29, 2020
SARS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, etc.
COVID19 has 2% mortality rate versus SARS who's 20% mortality rate.
Get facts not opinions & assumptions
There has so far been no warning issued by Canadian health officials regarding gathering in large groups.
Elsewhere in North America, Santa Clara County in California has warned people over 50 and with medical conditions—a group more at risk for contacting the virus—to avoid large gatherings.
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