While the first case of COVID-19 can be traced back to November 2019, Canadians are only a little over a month into the eye of the coronavirus storm. From health deterioration, to economic catastrophe and an overhaul in our day to day lives - we’ve never seen anything like this before.
The physical toll that the COVID-19 has taken on the country is well documented. Perhaps lost in the storm, however, is the toll on the mental health of Canadians. With social distancing policies being implemented, many are feeling the effects of isolation. Dealing with the anxiety caused by quarantining will be essential in moving forward as people, and as a country.
With millions losing their jobs, the CERB (Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit) has been the federal government’s plan for helping those without work get by. A one-time $2000 payment is issued for those who qualify, but the question remains - is that really enough money to make ends meet?
Those who were fortunate enough to retain their employment during the pandemic have had to make serious adjustments to their day to day lives. Essential services such as media have had to go from newsrooms to their living rooms, to continue keeping us updated. Teachers and Professors are now transitioning to online learning, with no date set for students returning to classrooms. The life we were used to has come and gone, for the time being.