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Bursting social bubbles after COVID-19 will make cities happier and healthier again

By Meg Holden, Professor and Director, Urban Studies and Professor of Geography, Simon Fraser University
Atiya Mahmood, Associate professor, Gerontology Department, Simon Fraser University
Ghazaleh Akbarnejad, Research Assistant, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University
Lainey Martin, Research assistant - Urban Studies Department, Simon Fraser University
Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
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The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the idea of bubbles to our social lives. British Columbia restricted socializing to core bubbles: immediate household members or, for those living alone, a maximum of two people who could be seen regularly.

Last summer, when “good times” were in the cards, public health guidelines provided for a “safe six” bubble of friends. The March…

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