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'Social bubbles may not be as effective anymore': psychology professor

A professor of psychology from the University of Toronto says social bubbles are not as effective anymore
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Now with Ontario loosening COVID restrictions -- are social bubbles still just as effective?

A professor of psychology from the University of Toronto doesn't think so.

Professor Steve Joordens tells Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke we can no longer quarantine for 14 days before joining a bubble, which means your social bubble may become more easily compromised.

"All of us have the potential to become carriers at almost any time," he said, "So I think it's almost time to say 'okay, let's give up on this whole idea of bubbles at all.'"

"Even when we're around these people that we used to feel very safe around, we might want to be more cautious, at least washing our hands a lot, at least having more physical distancing."

He says we may have to rethink social bubbles as we start going back to work, eating at restaurants, and sending kids back to school.

"This idea that everyone within our bubble is virus free just disappears," Joordens noted, "Now, if these people come back and we continue to behave like everything is safe, then there's the potential that the virus could spread even faster in the bubble than in the external world."

He added people should be more cautious within their bubbles, especially as kids start going back to school.

"Just to be bringing a little bit more of that social distancing again, maybe not to be hugging as close --- and that's such a hard thing to do when we just sort of regained that with our bubbles --- to give it up again," Joordens said.

"But something we have to be a little aware of I think, is that these bubbles are not as safe as they were a month ago."

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