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When Corona Came to Canada: The 2003 SARS Outbreak and Its Aftermath (2022)


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first pandemic of the 21st century, and Canada was the only Western nation to experience an outbreak. The effects of the outbreak on Canadian society provide a window to understanding responses to future pandemics. Over the short run, SARS had a major effect on the Canadian economy: adverse effects were experienced by health-care workers, who were at greatest risk of contracting the disease; by workers in the hospitality industry, who lost income as tourism and travel ground to a halt; and by the Chinese-Canadian community, who experienced discrimination because of the Chinese origins of SARS. However, over the long term there were few consequences of the outbreak in Canada, whether in the social, economic, or political domains. The principal effects were improvements in the Canadian public health system, many of which were rolled back after a decade without a major epidemic.

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Authors & Contributors
Keck, Frédéric
MacDougall, Heather A.
Sweetman, Arthur
Duffin, Jacalyn M.
Bragesjö, Fredrik
Hallberg, Margareta
Journal of Asian Studies
Journal of Global History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Science in Context
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Duke University Press
School of Policy Studies, Queen's University: McGill-Queen's University Press
Harvard University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Stanford University Press
Public health
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Toronto (Ontario)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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