Aug 20, 2020
By Jane Brown
There has been a shift in the average age of COVID-19 cases in Toronto, and the shift is to a younger demographic.
Toronto’s Mayor says in the most recent two weeks the average age of new coronavirus cases is 39 compared with 52 for the entire pandemic outbreak.
John Tory told a Wednesday afternoon briefing, the proportion of cases among those who are less than 19 years of age and those between 20 and 29 has increased significantly in the last few weeks.
Mayor Tory is warning young people that the virus remains a risk to them and everyone with whom they’ve had contact.
“They sometimes forget that they go home, they see parents and grandparents who are older,” Tory explained, “There are many multi-generational families in Toronto, and so we simply have to drive the message home whether you are going to school, whether you’re going to work or going home, whether you’re just hanging out with other people your own age, there’s a risk you are going to transmit this virus.”
The mayor says the city is considering using more social media platforms, including TikTok to remind young people that COVID-19 is still very much a threat.